Old news is sometimes new news, but now it’s official: Alden Ehrenreich will play the young Han Solo in the upcoming Star Wars stand alone film directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
Although it was widely reported in May he nabbed the coveted role, it wasn’t until today’s “Future Filmmakers” panel at Star Wars Celebration in London that Lucasfilm and Disney made it official by bringing the actor on stage to join Lord and Miller.
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The adventure will chronicle the early adventures of the iconic Corillean smuggler and pilot of the Millennium Falcon who made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs.
The directing duo revealed the casting process was extensive, testing over 3000 actors over the course of six months. As it turned out Ehrenreich (Hail Caesar!) was literally the first person who auditioned, prompting Lord and Miller to apologize to Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy for wasting the studio’s time and money.
The still untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story film, written by Lawrence Kasdan and Jon Kasdan, starts shooting early next year for a 2018 release.