After months of speculation over who would play a young Han Solo in the new stand-alone “Star Wars” film, the search is finally over. Deadline reports that Alden Ehrenreich, co-star of the Coen Brothers’ latest film “Hail, Caesar!”, will star as a young Han Solo in an upcoming standalone “Star Wars” movie currently titled “Han Solo: A Star Wars Story.” Though the “Star Wars” Expanded Universe delved into the smuggler’s backstory, but following Disney’s acquisition of LucasFilm in 2012, it was announced that all Expanded Universe content would be considered non-canon, leaving the new “Star Wars” anthology films open to create their own story. The Han Solo standalone film will follow the first anthology film “Rogue One,” set before the events in “A New Hope” following a band of rebels stealing the Galactic Empire’s Death Star plans, due to be released on December 16th.
Before his breakthrough role as singing cowboy Hobie Doyle in “Hail, Caesar!”, Ehrenreich previously starred in two Francis Ford Coppola films, “Tetro” and “Twixt.” He also co-starred in Chan-wook Park’s “Stoker” and Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine.” He’s also set to co-star in Warren Beatty’s upcoming romantic drama opposite Lily Collins. Ehrenreich will be taking over the role from celebrated actor Harrison Ford who played the character in the original trilogy of films as well as the latest in the series “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (“21 Jump Street,” “The Lego Movie”) will direct the Han Solo standalone film. It’s set to be released on May 25, 2018.