Man at His Best

Alden Ehrenreich Is The New Han Solo

The cowboy gets casted as the original space cowboy in Star Wars spinoff.

BY Jason S Ganesan | Jul 18, 2016 | Film & TV

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Fresh from his standout performance in the Coen brothers’ Hail, Caesar!, Alden Ehrenreich was officially revealed as the new Han Solo at Star Wars Celebration Europe.

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who will direct the origin story spinoff that is set for release in 2018, said that Ehrenreich was actually the first actor to audition for the role. They didn’t give it to him immediately, however. They went through a staggering 3,000 actors after Ehrenreich before eventually settling on their first pick. Bad sign?

The Lego Movie directors didn’t confirm whether the other actors rumoured for the role made it to the audition stage, like Miles Teller and Scott Eastwood. Anthony Ingruber too, although his portrayal of a young Harrison Ford in The Age of Adaline probably disqualified him entirely. 

Lord added that he relates to Han, calling him a “seemingly cynical guy with the biggest heart in the galaxy,” while Miller described the stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf-herder as “one of the most iconic characters of all time.”

Which doesn’t put any extra pressure on Ehrenreich at all, who the internet are already saying is too short (5’9”, you’re welcome) and not as good-looking as Ford 's Han. Conveniently forgetting that not many people in this side of the galaxy are.

Still, the reveal was perhaps fortuitously timed, with the internet’s nether regions probably still covered in hate jizz over the new Ghostbusters. And probably Dallas too, there’s got to be some overlap on that particular Venn diagram.