It seems that after a long and exhaustive search, Disney, Lucasfilm and directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (‘The Lego Movie’) finally have a front-runner for who is going to be playing the young Han Solo in their upcoming ‘Star Wars’ standalone movie. The film, whose official title is still unknown, though we know its code name is Project “Red Cup” (cause, you know, “Solo” cups) requires an actor to play a young version of Harrison Ford’s iconic character, who in ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’ was in his early thirties (I think), while Ford himself was around 36 when they shot the film. Despite being completely shrouded in secrecy (with Disney/ Lucasfilm offering no official word at the time of writing), at this point it seems the actor most likely to be cast is Alden Ehrenreich (‘Hail, Caesar!’), who appears to be besting other hopefuls that included Taron Egerton and Jack Reynor. Ehrenreich is also slated to be in the new Howard Hughes project produced by Warren Beatty, which Fox will release later this year.
The young Han Solo movie is slated to be released in December of 2018, being the 4th new ‘Star Wars’ film released by Lucasfilm since their merger with Disney. It will be executive produced and written by ‘Star Wars’ alum Lawrence Kasdan, who also had a hand in writing ‘The Empire Strikes Back, ‘Return of the Jedi,’ and ‘The Force Awakens,’ and probably could have helped save the ‘Star Wars’ prequels had Lucas allowed anyone else to have any say on the writing side of things.
What are your thoughts on Ehrenreich being cast as young Han Solo? Does he have the right look for the part? Can he pull off the iconic Harrison Ford swagger? If cast, does this make him a shoe-in for the next ‘Indiana Jones’ movie? Share your thoughts on the casting process in the comments below!