Welcome to the Star Wars universe, Alden Ehrenreich.
The New York Post's Page Six revealed Thursday that the actor will play a young Han Solo in a spinoff, due out May 25, 2018. E! News reached out to Disney and Lucasfilm, but the studios declined to comment on the casting. Other outlets, including Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Entertainment Weekly, have since confirmed via sources that the 26-year-old actor won the part. How did Ehrenreich land the most coveted role in Hollywood? "Alden really impressed Disney and Lucasfilm execs with his screen tests," a source told Page Six. "The deal is basically done."
The actor has big shoes to fill. When most people think of Han Solo, they think of Harrison Ford, who played the captain of Millennium Falcon in 1977's Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, 1980's Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and 1983's Star Wars Episode VII: Return of the Jedi. Ford, 73, returned as the smuggler in 2015's Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
Ehrenreich beat out finalists Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service) and Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction) for the coveted role. Casting directors met with over 2,500 wannabes—known and unknown—during their search. At various points, Emory Cohen, Scott Eastwood, Ansel Elgort, Tom Felton, Dave Franco, Colton Haynes, Leo Howard, Landon Liboiron, Rami Malek, Tony Oller, Hunter Parrish, Chandler Riggs, Nick Robinson, Joshua Sasse, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Miles Teller, Max Thieriot and Ed Westwick were all considered.