Alden Ehrenreich officially cast as the young Han Solo

John Boyega and Alden Ehrenreich at Star Wars Celebration Europe

John Boyega and Alden Ehrenreich at Star Wars Celebration Europe

Big news was announced at Star Wars Celebration Europe: Alden Ehrenreich has been cast as the young Han Solo for the upcoming standalone Star Wars movie. For those not familiar with Ehrenreich, I recommend you check out Hail Caesar!, where he plays a film cowboy named Hobie Doyle, and Beautiful Creatures where he plays Ethan Wate. According to, he started out in 2005 in an episode of Supernatural, “Wendigo”, where he played Ben Collins. Can he pull off a young Han Solo? I think so.

Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller officially introduced Alden Ehrenreich as the young Han Solo in his own standalone Star Wars movie.

Lord said, “I sort of relate to him. He doesn’t want to do anything he is told. He is very sarcastic and at the end of the day he is unreasonably optimistic. He is a grouchy, cynical guy with the biggest heart in the galaxy.”

Miller added, “He’s a maverick, a scoundrel. He is clever but he’s not smart. He wants to present himself as this tough guy but he is lovable. He is one of the most iconic characters of all time.”

After months of speculation, Alden Ehrenreich (“Hail Caesar!”) was officially announced as young Han Solo. He was brought in front of the crowd of 4000 to a rapturous reception.

“We thought this was the hardest casting challenge of all time. They were the biggest boots to fill,” said Miller.

Casting Solo, Lord and Miller looked at over 3000 people, “but we cast the first person who walked through the door,” said Miller. “Sorry Kathy — we wasted your money.”

“I am going to take it out of your salary,” quipped Kennedy.

Ehrenreich said, “I read the sides and I loved them. I auditioned for six months. The coolest part was I went on the Falcon for a chemistry test with Chewbacca. It was unbelievable. It was more exciting than nerve-racking.”

The untitled Han Solo standalone movie will bow on May 25, 2018.