Han Solo Directors Knew Alden Ehrenreich Was The Man For the Job “From Minute One”

Thursday, 06 October 2016 - 12:53PM
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Star Wars: Han Solo
Thursday, 06 October 2016 - 12:53PM
Han Solo Directors Knew Alden Ehrenreich Was The Man For the Job “From Minute One”
It's an exciting time to be a Star Wars fan. After the shame of the prequels, everyone was dying for The Force Awakens to be a hit, and while it may have retread some old ground, all that backtracking did was remind fans of why they fell in love with the original trilogy in the first place. Sure, there were some detractors, but the overall quality of Episode VII has to inspire confidence in Disney's ability to make films worthy of the Star Wars universe.

Among the most anticipated films on the upcoming Star Wars slate is the Han Solo anthology film, currently set for a release in 2018. How could it not be, as it turns the spotlight to inarguably the most popular rogue in all of science-fiction? There was a lot of attention given to the casting process for young Solo by the media, with thousands of different actors from high profile franchises like The Walking Dead, The Avengers, and Divergent, trying out for the role. In the end, however, the directors chose to go with with Hail Caesar!'s Alden Ehrenreich.

While Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the men helming the standalone, have talked about how impressed with Ehrenreich they were at the audition in the past, they've now gone on the record again in an interview with USA Today to let fans know just how excited they are for Ehrenreich to take the role.

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That guy pretty much went through an audition pentathlon; it was like an acting steeplechase. He went against a lot of very strong competitors and was very consistently the guy from minute one. He was the first person who auditioned out of thousands, and just out of the box, made you believe that someday he'd grow into the character we know.
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While it was already known that Alden Ehrenreich was the first to audition for the part, it's still interesting to see how the directors describe the process as a "pentathlon" and "steeplechase." And knowing that he was the guy for the job from "minute one" certainly inspires confidence in Ehrenreich himself, who not only bears somewhat of a resemblance to a young Harrison Ford, but has also been lauded for his performance in Hail Caesar!.

Disney certainly has a lot of pressure to make movies worthy of the Star Wars franchise, but they seem to know what they're doing - just look at MCU. Just as well, they're obviously putting in quite a lot of time and effort to try and make these movies the best they can be. Still, standalone Star Wars films are currently unexplored terrain, and how Rogue One fares this December will likely set the expectations of fans for the Han Solo anthology film. In the end, though, this is Han freaking Solo we're talking about, and any project with his name attached is bound to dominate the box office.

The Han Solo standalone film is currently slated for a release on March 25th, 2018.
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