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Meet The Actor Who Will Play Han Solo In The Next Star Wars Film

Following months of speculation, Disney have officially confirmed who will play the iconic role of Han Solo in the new Star Wars movie.

Alden Ehrenreich,26,  the break out star of movie Hail Caesar, is set to play the young Han Solo in a new standalone movie about the character’s early life.

“This is going to start right where the last one left off,” “Episode VIII” director Rian Johnson said. “It was a break from tradition.”

He added, “The second film is where we zoom into the characters, getting to the heart of them and challenging them.”

Alden Ehrenreich

Disney made the announcement during the Future Filmmaker panel at the Star Wars Celebration Europe event over the weekend.

“We thought this was the hardest casting challenge of all time. They were the biggest boots to fill,” said Johnson.

Alden Ehrenreich and John Boyega


Ehrenreich said, ” I auditioned for six months. The coolest part was I went on the Falcon for a chemistry test with Chewbacca. It was unbelievable. It was more exciting than nerve-racking.”

Alongside its central Star Wars films, Disney plans a number of spin-offs, set to focus on popular characters such as Solo and bounty hunter Boba Fett.


“Episode VIII” sees the return of Hamill, Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie and Andy Serkis. New cast members include Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern and Kelly Marie Tran.

“Star Wars: Episode VIII” will open on Dec. 15, 2017. The untitled Han Solo standalone movie will open on May 25, 2018.


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Chrystal Lovevintage

Chrystal Lovevintage

Chrystal is a writer and blogger who loves nothing more than watching back to back episodes of crime shows. Should she ever find herself needing to cover up a crime, she'll know exactly what to do! Her dream is to one day live in Palm Springs where she can do her writing poolside while drinking endless gin and tonics. Mum to the cutest twin boys in the world, she loves nothing more than the sound of their laughter (usually heard when they're conspiring against her). Entertainment writer and pop culture junkie, she will be bringing you all the celebrity gossip and news that your brain can handle. You can follow her blog at and on Instagram at Chrystalovevintage

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