Han Solo is one of the most beloved and revered characters in Star Wars and pop culture in general. Harrison Ford has played Han Solo so masterfully that it’s hard to imagine any other actor in that role. But with the announcement of a new Young Han Solo movie we knew that would be an eventual reality. We all nervously awaited news of what fresh-faced actor would take on this iconic role. Now it’s being reported that Alden Ehrenreich has been cast as young Han Solo!
So, who is Alden?
He is a 26-year-old California native who’s been acting for over 10 years. Being discovered by Steven Spielberg at a Batmitzvah while doing a comedy sketch opened the door for him to star in a few TV roles in shows like Supernatural and CSI. This led to short films and eventually feature films such as “Tetro”, “Beautiful Creatures”, “Stoker”, “Blue Jasmine” and “Hail, Caesar!”. This guy has worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood including Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman and most recently the Cohen Brothers, Josh Brolin and George Clooney in “Hail, Caesar!”.
This choice might seem like a puzzling choice for the casting department at Disney/Lucasfilm. Anthony Ingruber has been a fan choice from the start and many of the other actors on the short list seemed to be more popular than Ehrenreich. He was obviously cast for a reason and it’s clear they know what they’re doing…hello? Daisy Ridley, anyone? I would agree with some of the criticism that he doesn’t necessarily physically look like Harrison, but I predict that his charm and acting chops will make us forget that fact, I mean look at that face!!
Honestly, I’d never seen anything he’s been in until I googled him for this article. But after watching this brief clip from “Hail, Caesar!” it gave me a really good idea of his acting and it convinced me that he can totally pull off the Solo Swagger, especially a younger more cocky version of our favorite smuggler.
It’s not going to be an easy task for Alden, but “never tell him the odds”! He’s well on his way to becoming one of the biggest names in Hollywood, much like his predecessor Harrison Ford. So keep your eye on this young, rising star as he’s about to be catapulted into mega stardom come May of 2018 when the Han Solo film is scheduled for release!