Alden Ehrenreich is finalizing a deal with Lucasfilm to play a young Han Solo in an upcoming Star Wars film, according to The Wrap. If the deal comes to pass, the 26-year-old actor would take over Harrison Ford's iconic role in an as-yet-untitled Han Solo prequel film directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. The Wrap also mentions "rampant" speculation that Ehrenreich could debut as Han Solo in this year's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, although it offered no confirmation to that fan speculation.
According to the online Hollywood trade, the Han Solo script by Lawrence Kasdan and Jon Kasdan isn't "a typical origin story," but will follow the freighter pilot in events prior to the original Star Wars film. Chewbacca is said to play a "key role," with Boba Fett "entirely possible."
The Los Angeles-born actor made his feature film debut in Francis Ford Coppola's 2009 film Tetro, and was brought back by the the director (whom coincidentally was a mentor to George Lucas) in 2011's Twixt. His most notable role was in the recently released film Hail Caesar!, and also appeared in Stoker and Beautiful Creatures. He recently finished work on Warren Beatty's untitled Howard Hughes film, as well the Iraqi war drama Yellow Birds.
The untitled Han Solo movie is scheduled to open in theaters May 25, 2018.