Following the news that casting for the young Han Solo role has been whittled down to just a handful of actors after screen tests, including Taron Egerton (Kingsman) and Jack Reynor (Transformers 4), Deadline reports that Alden Ehrenreich (Hail Caesar!) is the frontrunner for the role.
Alden Ehrenreich has most recently starred in the Coen Brothers’ Hail Caesar!, and has also appeared in Beautiful Creatures, Stoker and Blue Jasmine.
The as yet untitled young Han Solo and Chewbacca film will be the next standalone Star Wars film following Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII, with Disney slating the film for release on May 25th, 2018. The Lego Movie team, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, are set to direct the film with Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy lined up to produce and Lawrence Kasdan with Jason McGatlin also on board to exec produce the project.