Ehrenreich beat out several other actors vying to fill Harrison Ford’s iconic shoes as the young Han Solo, including Sing Street’s Jack Reynor and Kingsman star Taron Egerton. Of his auditions for the highly-coveted role, one source said, “Alden really impressed Disney and Lucasfilm execs with his screen tests. The deal is basically done.”
Lord and Miller’s Han Solo movie is set to begin production in January 2017 and won’t hit theaters until 2018, but according to Page Six, Lucasfilm has plans for the character to appear in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Casting had to be locked down this far in advance so the younger Solo could film a cameo for Gareth Edwards’ spinoff, which takes place between Episodes III and IV. That film hits theaters on December 16.