The force is officially with the 26-year-old actor
Alden Ehrenreich is officially the new Han Solo!
News spread that the 26-year-old actor would be portraying Harrison Ford‘s legendary role in May, but the news was officially announced in London on Sunday during the Future Filmmaker Panel at the Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016.Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and John Boyega also attended the panel.
“I’ve never screen-tested with a Wookiee,” Ehrenreich said about the audition process during the panel. “It was amazing.”
The news was also announced on the film franchise’s official Facebook page.
Earlier in the three-day festival, Lucas Film President Kathleen Kennedy and Rogue One director Gareth Edwards introduced new footage from the upcoming movie while participating in a panel featuring the Rogue One cast.
The upcoming Star Wars is still untitled.
Ehrenreich is no stranger to working with legends.
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He was first discovered by Steven Spielberg at a Bat Mitzvah when he was 14. The acclaimed actor saw Ehrenreich in a movie shown at the party and arranged a meeting with a casting director at Dreamworks.
Ehrenreich made his feature film debut in Francis Ford Coppola‘s 2009 film Tetro, playing Bennie, a boy looking for his long-lost older brother. He went on to film another movie with Coppola before landing a role in Woody Allen‘s Blue Jasmine, which starred Cate Blanchett, in 2013.
Most recently, Ehrenreich received praise for his role as an ironically not-so-talented actor in the Coen brothers’ Hail, Caesar!, which was released in February.
The new Han Solo film is set to be released in May 2018.