The search for a young Han Solo is over, this according to multiple reports.
Alden Ehrenreich, most recently seen in the Coen brothers’ “Hail, Caesar!,” is in final negotiations to star as the iconic character in the impending Disney and Lucasfilm “Star Wars” spin-off.
Ehrenreich nailed the part following one of the widest casting searches in recent history. The casting process was a lengthy one, with Disney and Lucasfilm having reportedly met with or seen over 2,500 actors. No doubt the process was intensified thanks to the popularity of the Han Solo role, which was most recently seen in the box office record-breaker “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the list of actors who screen tested for the role included: Ehrenreich, Jack Reynor (“Transformers: Age of Extinction”) and Taron Egerton (“The Kingsman,” “Eddie the Eagle”).
The aforementioned group was reportedly picked from a slightly bigger group that had previously met with the directors. This larger group is rumored to have included “Brooklyn” star Emory Cohen, some of the cast of Richard Linklater’s latest film “Everybody Wants Some!!,” Miles Teller (“Whiplash”) and Ansel Elgort (“The Fault in Our Stars”).
The details of this new film, not surprisingly, have been largely kept top secret. The story is a “Star Wars” spin-off, and will follow a young Han Solo and his exploits before becoming one of the most beloved characters of all time, first made famous by Harrison Ford in “Star Wars: A New Hope.”
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (“21 Jump Street,” “The Lego Movie”) are set to direct the film. The screenplay was written by Lawrence Kasdan and Jon Kasdan. Lawrence is known for having previously penned “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” as well as for co-writing previous films in the “Star Wars” series such as “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Return of the Jedi” and “The Force Awakens.”
His son Jon previously wrote the screenplay for “The First Time,” which debuted at Sundance, as well as “In the Land of Women.”
The film’s release is slated for 2018.