We Officially Have Our Young Han Solo

Well, we weren’t exactly on the right track with our Han Solo casting predictions, but there is a new Han Solo and we’re eh with the casting decision.

Alden Ehrenreich, who recently hit it big in the Coen Brothers’ Hail Caesar, has been cast as young Han Solo for the 2018 standalone film directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. There’s yet to be an official announcement from Lucasfilm, but outlets including Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter are corroborating the news… so that’s good enough for us — those guys are usually right.

In this Monday, Feb. 1, 2016 photo, Alden Ehrenreich poses for a portrait in Los Angeles. At the age of only 26, "Hail, Caesar!" star Ehrenreich, has already caught the attention of the Coens, Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen and Warren Beatty. The film opens in U.S. theaters on Friday, Feb. 5. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)

The 26-year-old California native has been acting since 2009 and started with roles in some small Francis Ford Coppola movies, which we’re not sure we can call “small,” because they’re Coppola films. What’s more, he’s worked with Woody Allen, so it’s not like he’s inexperienced. He’s only 5’9″, which is awesome ’cause that’s how tall I am and maybe now I can live out my lifelong dream of being an action star… then again, Tom Cruise is, like, 5’1″ and he does it…

Anyway, there’s no information regarding the plot, but we do know that Chewie will be included and it takes place before A New Hope. So, what do you think of the casting choice? Personally, I think they should have went with Anthony Ingruber, especially considering he’s a dead-ringer for Harrison Ford and he did a damn good Han Solo impression.

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