After weeks of rumors, the role of a young Han Solo in a stand-alone “Star Wars” film will likely go to Alden Ehrenreich, according to Deadline.com. Although the actor is still in final negotiations, his casting is being reported as a done deal by the industry trades.
Expected to be titled “Han Solo: A Star Wars Story,” the film will focus on Solo’s days before joining the Rebel Alliance. The directors are Christopher Lord and Phil Miller (“The Lego Movie”). Ehrenreich is said to have beat out 2,500 other actors, according to The Hollywood Reporter, including Miles Teller, Taron Egerton, Ansel Elgort, Emory Cohen and Jack Reynor.
Don’t feel bad if you don’t recognize Ehrenreich’s name. At 26, the L.A.-born actor is still a relative newcomer with roughly a half-dozen feature films and a couple of television roles under his belt. The movie that should have been his breakout, the young-adult fantasy “Beautiful Creatures” (2013), was a box-office disappointment. He also had a supporting role in Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine” opposite Cate Blanchett.
Ehrenreich’s star didn’t really rise until earlier this year in the Coen brothers’ “Hail, Caesar!” a comedy about a beleaguered movie executive (Josh Brolin) working in 1950s Hollywood. It received mixed-to-negative reviews, but Ehrenreich — as a singing cowboy handy with a lasso — proved a standout, earning high praise for his natural charm and lithe physicality. Vanity Fair said Ehrenreich “steals the show,” while the Los Angeles Times called him “the best of the bunch.”
Ehrenreich has finished filming the Iraq War drama “The Yellow Birds,” with Tye Sheridan and Jennifer Aniston, and is also at work on an untitled drama directed by Warren Beatty.