Alden Ehrenreich will play Han Solo
Alden Ehrenreich, who has appeared in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine and the Coen brothers upcoming Hail Caesar!, is reported to be playing the young Han Solo. Disney has yet to report this officially, but Deadline has been rumouring it for a few weeks and the rumours broke in earnest on Friday (May 6th).
In keeping with the new spin-off theme, the film is titled Han Solo: A Star Wars Story. Plot details are mostly being kept under wraps as usual, but the official line so far is that the story “focuses on how young Han Solo became the smuggler, thief, and scoundrel whom Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina at Mos Eisley”.
Lawrence Kasdan told Empire: “It will not be like here is where he was born and this is how he was raised. I think what it will be is what was he like ten years earlier, you know maybe a little earlier you’ll get a glimpse but… what formed the person we meet in the cantina?” He also told Vanity Fair that “Lando I don’t think is finished in any way, shape, or form.” Could we see a young Lando Calrissian make an appearance?
This, of Course, Means…
That the script is in familiar hands. Lawrence Kasdan is a Star Wars veteran, writing Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi, and Episode VII: The Force Awakens. He is co-writing with his son Jon Kasdan, who has written for Freaks and Geeks and wrote and directed The First Time, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and In the Land of Women.
At the Helm
The Lego Movie directors Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, of The LEGO Movie and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs notoriety. The duo said:
“This is the first film we’ve worked on that seems like a good idea to begin with. We promise to take risks, to give the audience a fresh experience, and we pledge ourselves to be faithful stewards of these characters who mean so much to us. This is a dream come true for us. And not the kind of dream where you’re late for work and all your clothes are made of pudding, but the kind of dream where you get to make a film with some of the greatest characters ever, in a film franchise you’ve loved since before you can remember having dreams at all.”
Christopher Miller posted a teaser on his Twitter feed for fans on Star Wars Day, May the 4th.
— Chris Miller (@chrizmillr) May 4, 2016
The film is slated for a May 25, 2018 release, but it will probably get bumped to December if Rogue One and Episode VIII do well in their December slots again (and we know they will).