The search for the actor who is going to bring young Han Solo to life in the upcoming Star Wars prequel has been about as long as the time Solo spent traveling through the galaxy. Rumors have been coming and going about which young star could snatch this role of a lifetime, but it seems like the casting process is slowly coming to an end.
Deadline reports that Alden Ehrenreich, whose talent was recently revealed in the Coen brothers' Hail, Caesar!, is now the front-runner for the role after "an impressive performance."
Alden Ehrenreich Steps In Front Of Jack Reynor And Taron Egerton
The 26-year old actor, who was famously discovered by Steven Spielberg in a bar-mitzvah video, recently starred as Hobie Doyle, a cowboy actor in Hail, Caesar! alongside George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes and Josh Brolin — despite the Coen brothers initially telling him that he wasn't "right for the part." He's also been confirmed for the lead role in Warren Beatty's upcoming movie about Howard Hughes.
Next to Ehrenreich, the two other favorites for the part of Han Solo were Transformers: Age of Extinction actor Jack Reynor and Taron Egerton, who starred alongside Colin Firth in Kingsman: The Secret Service and Hugh Jackman in this year's Eddie the Eagle.
A Han Solo Origins Story
The young Han Solo movie will break into the chronology of previous Star Wars movies in the same way as the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Set before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, it's meant to be an origins story of Harrison Ford's legendary space explorer, including an appearance from his devoted co-pilot, Chewbacca.
Scheduled for release on May 25, 2018, the film will be directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the duo behind The LEGO Movie.
Do you think Alden Ehrenreich would make a good Han Solo?