Alden Ehrenreich officially confirmed to play young Han Solo
The news was effectively confirmed by multiple sources back in May but Disney and Lucasfilm, for whatever various legal or contractrual reasons, have kept schtum up to this point. The 26-year-old actor – best known up until this point for his scene-stealing role in Coen brothers comedy Hail, Caesar! – will play the scruffy-looking nerf herder in a new standalone prequel, to be directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
Lord and Miller revealed that they had auditioned thousands of actors for the role, one that they freely admitted seemed a near-impossible task, filling the shoes of one Mr. H. Ford. “We turned over every rock to find someone who has that magic swagger,” Lord said. They ended up casting “literally the first person to walk through the door.”
Alden Elsewhere on the star-studded panel, director Rian Johnson spoke about recently-wrapped Episode VIII. Johnson confirmed that the new film would pick up right where The Force Awakens left off, with Rey and Luke Skywalker on the mysterious Skellig Michael island location. He also emphasised the use of practical effects, noting that “the amount of sets we’ve built for this movie has been absolutely outrageous”.