After searching far and wide across the galaxy, Star Wars has landed its young Han Solo for the planned Solo spin-off, according to Page Six. Miles Teller and Dave Franco were among the young stars eyed to play the role made famous by Harrison Ford, with the latter saying the Solo spin-off was "struggling" to find its leading man.
Page Six reports Alden Ehrenreich has been tapped to play Solo. Ehrenreich— who most recently appeared in the Coen brothers' Hail, Caesar!—reportedly "impressed" the Disney and Lucasfilm brass. "Alden really impressed Disney and Lucasfilm execs with his screen tests. The deal is basically done," a source told Page Six.
Legend has it the new pilot of the Millennium Falcon was first spotted by Steven Spielberg thanks to his "antics" in a bat mitzvah video, THR reports. Those antics led to some small TV jobs before eventually earning Ehrenreich a spot in Francis Ford Coppola's Tetro in 2009.
Lawrence Kasdan, who helped write The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens, will produce and write the script for the Solo film alongside his son Jon Kasdan Page Six reports, citing Deadline.
Despite what was first believed, the film will not be an origin story, Kasdan clarified in an interview. "It will not be, 'Here's where he was born and this is how he was raised.' I think what it will be is, 'What was he like 10 years earlier?'...But [legendary Japanese filmmaker Akira] Kurosawa once said the heroes are the ones that are still changing and the villains are locked and petrified into what they are."
However, the Solo spin-off will feature Chewbacca's origin story Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed in March.
The Solo spin-off won't begin shooting until January, reports Page Six. The film is slated for a 2018 release.