Alden Ehrenreich Is Han Solo In Lord/Miller's STAR WARS Story
Take a look at your new scruffy-looking nerf herder. Alden Ehrenreich is in final negotiations to play the young Han Solo in Disney's standalone origin story, according to multiple sources across the Internet this morning.
Ehrenreich, the 26-year-old California native last seen in the Coens' Hail, Caesar!, beat off stiff competition from the likes of Jack O'Connell and Jack Reynor to take over the role made iconic by Harrison Ford.
Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street) from a script by father-son team Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, the as-yet untitled anthology film (although Han Solo: A Star Wars Story is a good bet) explores the early days of the renowned smuggler prior to his appearance in A New Hope, and may well feature Solo making the Kessel Run in under 12 parsecs.
Details of the plot are scarce right now, and no other cast members have yet been confirmed, although Miller did whet fans' appetites on May the 4th by tweeting the photo below of Solo's legendary blaster.
Personally, I'd rather the Star Wars franchise left existing characters alone, journeyed further afield and gave us brand new stories from as yet uncharted corners of the known galaxy, but what do people think about the prospect of a new Han Solo, and the fact that his origins will soon be committed to celluloid?