The wait is over. We finally know who the new young Han Solo will be: Alden Ehrenreich. Several reports claim Lucasfilm was extremely pleased with his screen tests, and it’s all but written in stone. Page Six states:

“One insider told us of Ehrenreich, 26, who most recently appeared in Hail, Caesar!: ‘Alden really impressed Disney and Lucasfilm execs with his screen tests. The deal is basically done.’”

Ehrenreich will star in the upcoming solo Han Solo film (LOL), which is due in theaters in 2018. The Star Wars spin-off will focus on Han Solo as a young man in the time period between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. No word yet on what other characters, classic or new, may appear, if any. Chewbacca isn’t unlikely, but that’s just speculation.

 

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Image via VMan by Carlos Serrao

 

Though Ehrenreich isn’t a household name just yet, he beat out a solid list of young up-and-coming actors such as Taron Egerton, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Scott Eastwood and Jack Reynor. His turn as trick-rider Hobie Doyle in Hail, Caesar! received a bevy of positive attention and has often been regarded as a breakout, show-stealing performance. Not bad considering he shared the screen with heavyweights like George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes and Scarlett Johansson. Take a look at this featurette focusing on Ehrenreich’s memorable Cowboy:

 

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Going from Golden Era Hollywood cowboy to  space cowboy may be a fairly easy journey for Ehrenreich. The good news is we won’t be dragged through the same background narrative experience we have been with other iconic characters such as Bruce Wayne or Anakin Skywalker. They’re plunging us in head-first it seems. According to Page Six, producer and writer Lawrence Kasdan said the Solo spin-off would not be an origin story.

“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.”

Meanwhile, Ehrenreich is expected to cameo as Solo in the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which hits theaters on December 15.

Image via Lucasfilm  (Walt Disney Studios)