If you saw the Cohen Brothers Hollywood satire, Hail, Caesar! (not that many did, but I did!) you saw a star being born. When Alden Ehrenreich appears on screen, you could hear Hollywood saying in unison, “Movie Star!” Now the 26 year old is finalizing a deal to make it into legend by playing a young Han Solo in a Star Wars spinoff.
Ehrenreich inherits the star-making role from Harrison Ford. Plot details, of course, are being kept under wraps, but we hear the film is expected to follow Solo before he links up with the rebel alliance. Chewbacca will play a key role, and it’s entirely possible that young Han could cross paths with the bounty hunter, Boba Fett.
Disney hasn’t commented but they will release the “Solo” movie on May 25, 2018. There has been much speculation that Ehrenreich could make his first appearance as Han Solo in the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which is out in December. While that cameo has yet to be confirmed, numerous Hollywood insiders told TheWrap that Ehrenreich has landed the coveted role, for which he beat out thousands of actors — both established and unknown.
Alden was discovered, Hollywood-style, at a friend’s bat mitzvah by Steven Spielberg, who recognized his “It factor”. Ehrenreich has since appeared in Woody Allen‘s Blue Jasmine, Stoker and Beautiful Creatures. He also stars in Warren Beatty‘s upcoming movie about Howard Hughes and recently wrapped Alexandre Moors’ war drama The Yellow Birds.
Here’s a delicious little taste of him as Hobie Doyle in Hail, Caesar!
(via The Wrap)