I’ve got a good feeling about this.
After an extensive casting search, Lucasfilm has landed on its new young Han Solo: Alden Ehrenreich.
A relatively unknown commodity, Ehrenreich garnered raves earlier this year for his subtle-yet-broad comedic range and on-screen charisma in the Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar!. That bodes well for the comic spin reportedly being taken with the young Solo anthology piece, under the direction of Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie). Even though Ehrenreich may look more like a cross between James Dean and Orson Welles than he does Harrison Ford, it’s better for talent to be the deciding factor. Talent he definitely has; hopefully that translates into a good Han Solo. At this point, given Ehrenreich’s abilities, the onus definitely falls at the feet of Lord and Miller like never before. If they don’t get this movie right, it won’t be because they’ve cast a bad actor.
Rumors are swirling that the early timing of this announcement (production on the film doesn’t even begin until January of next year) was made to allow a cameo appearance in this December’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. A cool possibility, but still just a rumor at this stage.
The next piece in the Star Wars Universe is being overseen by Lucasfilm CEO/Producer/SWU guru Kathleen Kennedy, who was also heavily involved in the casting process, with a script by Star Wars screenwriting vet Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jon. The as-yet-titled Young Han Solo Anthology adventure will hit theaters on May 25, 2018.