Alden Ehrenreich confirmed as the new Han Solo

It’s official, Alden Ehrenreich is the new face of the rogue with a penchant for shooting first.

“Great kid, don’t get cocky!”

Han Solo, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

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After one of the largest auditioning processes in recent memory, and understandably so, the iconic waistcoat of Han Solo has reportedly found it’s heir in Alden Ehrenreich (best known for his recent role in Hail, Caesar!). News first broke of the decision of Star Wars: Anthology directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord (The Lego Movie) yesterday, with Ehrenreich currently in talks with Lucasfilm and Disney, securing the contract over a host of other potential star actors, some well known, others less so.
Among the auditions for the role of best loved and most well known smuggler in the galaxy were Taron Egerton (Kingsman, Legend), Ansel Elgort (Carrie), Rami Malik (Mr. Robot) and Miles Teller (Whiplash), all fantastic up-and-coming actors in their own right, but apparently not fit to make the Kessel run in under twelve parsecs.
Going with relative unknowns seems to be a recurrent directorial choice with the new franchise films, made by both Abrams in The Force Awakens and Miller and Lord in the Han Anthology film, knowing as they must do that the Star Wars name is beyond career defining for any actor. What’s interesting with this film though as opposed to The Force Awakens is that the latter had a relatively hand picked, modest selection process by comparison, which if anything makes Ehrenreich securing the role even more impressive. During casting for the part there were rumoured to have been over 2,500 applicants (none of whom were told the odds) for the team to whittle down, so with that in mind it feels like a positive and meticulously vetted choice for filling Harrison Fords shoes, and we certainly feel optimistic that Ehrenreich can pull it off, now all that remains is to find out as much as possible about the new release.

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While the creative team have been keeping much of the Han anthology film under wraps, what we do know is that Lawrence Kasdan (Screenwriter for The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi, and consultant on The Force Awakens) and his son Jon Kasdan have been assigned the joint task of writing the script for the new project, something which can’t help but fill fans with confidence that this Solo adventure (groans) will be done justice.

The film itself will act as an origin story for a younger Han and Chewbacca, around ten years prior to the events of A New Hope (and presumably explaining how Chewie met Han following the events of The Clone Wars series, which is obviously now cemented in canon). Although the original novelised version of meeting of the Corellian and his Wookie companion has now been re-written, Disney could well keep aspects as an unofficial source text, although this is total speculation at this point. Judging from the timeline though, the film will probably centre around Hans early smuggling days at the height of the Galactic Empire.

Although as yet unnamed, the release date for the film as it stands is the 8th of March, 2018, with shooting starting January 2017. We’re eager to find out as much as possible as more gets leaked, but from what we know so far it looks like we have at least three more solid additions to the Star Wars universe to get truly excited about in the next three years, which is no bad thing at all.

What do you think of the casting of Ehrenreich as Solo? What do you guys predict for the plot of the upcoming release? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

– Max



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