Meet the New Han Solo! Alden Ehrenreich Will Lead 'Star Wars' Spin-Off

The 'Hail Caesar' actor, who had been rumored as frontrunner for the role of young Han Solo, is cast for the second standalone 'Star Wars' movie.

AceShowbiz - The search is over. After numerous reports about the candidates to play young Han Solo in an upcoming "Star Wars" spin-off, %cAlden Ehrenreich% has reportedly nabbed the role. Sources have confirmed the news while the official announcement is expected to be made by Disney/Lucasfilm once the deal is sealed.

Last month, Ehrenreich was said as frontrunner for the role that was famously played by %cHarrison Ford% in previous "Star Wars" movies. The 26-year-old actor has starred in %cWoody Allen%'s "Blue Jasmine", Richard LaGravenese's "Beautiful Creatures" and the Coen brothers' "Hail Caesar".

The second standalone "Star Wars" movie, expected to be called "Han Solo: A Star Wars Story", will be directed by Chris Miller and Phil Lord with the script written by Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jon. Plot details are still kept under wraps, but the movie is described as an origin story about Han Solo and his best buddy Chewbacca.

Filming is set to start next January for a May 25, 2018 release in the U.S.

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