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Alden Ehrenreich is your new young Han Solo!

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I guess Alden Ehrenreich was kind of scruffy looking after all. And if you’re experiencing a sense of deja vu right now, it’s because yes, we have previously written about the Hail, Caesar! breakout star PROBABLY landing the much coveted gig of playing a young Han Solo in a still untitled upcoming Star Wars spinoff movie. But now, except for the actual official word from Disney themselves, everything appears to be a lock for the 26-year old actor.

The news was first reported by the not always reliable Page Six, which had me a little hesitant to reiterate it, but it has since been confirmed by most of the major Hollywood trades that Ehrenreich has indeed beaten out the reported thousands of young actors that Disney had considered – they really wanted to leave no stone unturned in the search to find an actor who could follow on from Harrison Ford’s iconic take on the character. In the end it came down to a few more well known names like Miles Teller, Taron Egerton, Ansel Elgort, and Jack Reynor, but Ehrenreich still came out tops.

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The young actor had actually been discovered by Steven Spielberg at a friend’s bar mitzvah, after which he was introduced to Hollywood. He’s since done solid work for a number of high profile filmmakers like Tetro for Francis Ford Coppola, Stoker for Park Chan-Wook and Blue Jasmine for Woody Allen. He was even pretty decent in the otherwise kind of bad YA romance Beautiful Creatures. But he really made a huge blip on the Hollywood radar earlier in this year when he stole several scenes from a massive A-list ensemble cast in the Coen Bros’ Hail, Caesar!, and it was this performance that had a lot of people suddenly sit up and take notice of his potential.

The Han Solo film will be directed by The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller and is scheduled for release on May 25, 2018. But it seems that we may not have to wait that long to get a look at Ehrenreich as the young Millennium Falcon captain, as it’s also being reported that he is more than likely to make a cameo debut in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which releases in December this year. This makes sense as the timelines would match up, what with Rogue One being set before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope.

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The Han Solo movie is being penned by Star Wars veteran Lawrence Kasdan along with his son Jon Kasdan, and will be a prequel showing us how Solo became the smuggler and scoundrel whom Luke Skywalker and Obi Wan Kenobi would first run into in that famous cantina in Mos Eisley in the first film. It’s already been confirmed that Chewbacca would also play a role in the story, and as The Wrap suggests it’s also possible that fan favourite jetpack-wearing bounty hunter Boba Fett might be showing up as well to have a brush with Solo, years before their famous meeting in Empire Strikes Back.

Personally though, I would prefer to leave Fett out of this – it just muddies their original meeting – and instead dip into the number of young Han Solo novels written in the now defunct Expanded Universe for some villainous inspiration. They could either also focus on showing how Solo enlisted and then left the Imperial Academy or maybe even exactly how he earned the life debt owed to him by Chewbacca.

So what do you guys think of Ehrenreich as the new Han Solo?

Last Updated: May 6, 2016

31 Comments

  1. As long as he shoots first and doesn’t die first

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    • Kromas untamed

      May 6, 2016 at 09:16

      Maybe it is a movie about him herding Nerfs?

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      • Admiral Chief in New York

        May 6, 2016 at 09:20

        HAHA

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    • HvR

      May 6, 2016 at 09:17

      This is decided upon in 2016 in California they are going to use pepperspray because blaster are no longer allowed in seedy bars.

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  2. Admiral Chief in New York

    May 6, 2016 at 09:08

    “…or maybe even exactly how he earned the life debt owed to him by Chewbacca.”

    ^THIS

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    • Kromas untamed

      May 6, 2016 at 09:15

      Would be nice to see it but also those who actually read could potentially be dissapointed by the presentation of that event. So far Disney has not dissapointed us yet though. (Maybe Avengers 2).

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    • Raptor Rants

      May 6, 2016 at 10:12

      100% this

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  3. oVg whippersnapper

    May 6, 2016 at 09:12

    I am so confused. LEGO Han, Series Han, Movie Han and even after showing off the fact that Star Wars is the only franchise to ever achieve having ONE actor play the same role after 4 decades they still need a refresh rebooted re prequel cannon hash…

    Need more coffee. DAM Im getting old.

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  4. HvR

    May 6, 2016 at 09:16

    “discovered by Steven Spielberg at a friend’s bar mitzvah” sounds like the setup of a Zionist One World Order Cabal conspiracy theory.

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    • Strawman Jim

      May 6, 2016 at 09:20

      LOL!

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    • BakedBagel

      May 6, 2016 at 10:10

      The Jews did it.

      They killed Han.

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  5. oVg whippersnapper

    May 6, 2016 at 09:16

    I must say, this GALAXY FAR FAR AWAY has some very peaceful Aliens. It just seems to be Humans killing each other. Even Humans in the same family. Poor Aliens, just want to chill out at the Bar… BUT NO!!! Han has to come in shooting.

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    • Kromas untamed

      May 6, 2016 at 09:18

      Well the old canon portrayed the empire as humanist and had very very little aliens in positions of power. Even their best strategist Admiral Thrawn was sent to edges of the known galaxy because he was not human.

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      • oVg whippersnapper

        May 6, 2016 at 09:19

        In a Racist Galaxy Far Far away 😛

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        • Kromas untamed

          May 6, 2016 at 09:19

          Pretty much yeah.

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          • Strawman Jim

            May 6, 2016 at 09:49

            Them aliens are trying to take our jobz and womminz!

        • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

          May 6, 2016 at 09:28

          LOL

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      • miaau

        May 6, 2016 at 09:55

        Yes, but only for a while. AND it seems there was more to him being sent to the edge of the known galaxy, as “revealed” (made up) in Hand of Thrawn series

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  6. Strawman Jim

    May 6, 2016 at 09:19

    Disney is going to milk those udders until they’re bleeding – and it’s all your fault, nerds!

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    • Admiral Chief in New York

      May 6, 2016 at 09:20

      I blame the rotten fruit

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    • Kromas untamed

      May 6, 2016 at 09:20

      Let them do so. After Captain America:Civil War I have renewed faith in Disney again.

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      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        May 6, 2016 at 09:28

        After Deadpool mine was renewed. R-rating FTW

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        • Kromas untamed

          May 6, 2016 at 10:36

          Deadpool Disney

          That was Fox … reluctanty.

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          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            May 6, 2016 at 11:04

            Hmmmm, explains why some X-men were involved

    • HvR

      May 6, 2016 at 09:27

      • Strawman Jim

        May 6, 2016 at 09:32

        Squeezing those Tiny mouse boobies…

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    • Raptor Rants

      May 6, 2016 at 10:11

      Ep7 was fantastic. I really have no issue as long as the quality stays better than Lucas’ attempts at re-kindling the fire that failed that was Ep1,2 and 3.

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      • Strawman Jim

        May 6, 2016 at 10:17

        EP7 was ok, but I am seriously worried about Star Wars Rogue One…

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          May 6, 2016 at 10:23

          I’m a lot more interested in it after watching the trailer than I was before.

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        • Raptor Rants

          May 6, 2016 at 10:42

          I’m not hey. I am actually looking forward to it. Looks very true to the originals.

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  7. Raptor Rants

    May 6, 2016 at 10:06

    I don’t know hey. I can’t see this. Mon Mothma’s actress was really well picked. I just can’t see Alden giving that same feel as a young Solo. Ford as Solo for life.

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