A new Han Solo has been found and we’ve got the details! Sorry Harrison Ford, but there’s a new Han Solo in town. After an exhaustive search that included over 2,500 hopefuls, Disney and Lucasfilm have found their new Han Solo. Hail Caesar star Alden Ehrenreich has landed the role of our favorite space cowboy from a galaxy far, far away and is in final negotiations to star in the 2018 Star Wars Anthology film.
Ehrenreich was previously reported to be the man to beat for the role among a slew of young up-and-coming actors that also included Kingsman’s Taron Egerton and Jack Reynor from Tranformers: Age of Extinction. The new film is currently in pre-production for a planned May 25th, 2018 release and is expected to follow this year’s Rogue One and be titled Han Solo: A Star Wars Story. The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller will helm the project from a script by longtime Star Wars writer Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jon. While plot details are being kept under wraps, Kasdan previously said that Han Solo is his favorite character and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy brought him on to write the screenplay since he was so familiar with the character having written scripts for The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and most recently, The Force Awakens.
Kasdan revealed that the film will take place roughly ten years before the events of A New Hope which fits perfectly with Ehrenreich’s 26 years. Ford was around 35 when the first Star Wars film hit theaters. The announcement of Alden’s casting comes just days after the annual Star Wars Day celebrations on May 4th where director Chris Miller tweeted out a photo of Han’s iconic blaster saying quote, “Can’t wait to get ‘shooting’!” So, who out there is excited to see Alden Ehrenreich’s take on a young Han Solo and which story would you like see play out in the film? Share your thoughts in the comments and then click here to find out what we’d like see happen in the movie. I’m Jackie Iadonisi, thanks for watching and we’ll see you soon with more movie news!