Donald Clarke

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Alden Ehrenreich is the new Han Solo

You DO know who he is. You remember. The guy in Hail, Caesar!

Fri, May 6, 2016, 12:38


The internet is furious about the casting of Alden Ehrenreich as the young Han Solo in the upcoming Star Wars spin-off. Calm down, maniacs. It’s not as if they’ve put a woman in he role. Actually, scratch that. I have no idea whether the internet is angry about this. I am becoming that which I most hate: the person who gets furious about people being furious about something before checking if they’re really getting furious. I suspect most Star Wars fans are mildly intrigued by it all.

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The sad news for hometown flag-wavers is that Jack Reynor has not secured the role. Hoping to scare up the sort of attention that came the way of Gone with The Wind when the search was on for Scarlett O’Hara, Disney had earlier leaked a list of actors being considered for the role. Taron Egerton, so good recently in Eddie the Eagle, and Emery Cohen from Brooklyn were also believed to have tested for the part. Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, will be a standalone story in the manner of the upcoming and furiously anticipated Rogue One.

Though the name may not be familiar, the trade papers had been tipping Ehrenreich as the favourite for some weeks. The response to his performance in Hail, Caesar! will have done his chances no harm at all. It is far from the Coen brothers most celebrated film, but everyone loved Alden as cowboy star Hobie Doyle. We know nothing. The casting does, however, suggest that we’re going to see a fragile, young Han gaining confidence. Alden is not any sort of bruiser.

It was already looking like a banner year for the 26-year-old Californian (not quite as young as he looks). Towards the end of 2016 we should see him in “Untitled Warren Beatty Project”. Mr W directs himself as Howard Hughes in a tale of that billionaire’s late decline. Ehrenreich and Lily Collins play the young couple who fall under his spell. Alden is very much in the house.

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