According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hail Caesar!’s Alden Ehrenreich has been cast as the young Han Solo in Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s Star Wars spinoff movie, beating out every other guy in the world who had the confidence to think they could live up to the legacy of one of the most iconic characters in movie history. Ehrenreich’s name was on the most recent list of frontrunners for the role, alongside Taron Egerton (The Kingsman) and Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age Of Extinction), but apparently he proved to be just a little bit more of a stuck up, half-witted, scruffy-looking Nerf herder than those other guys. He’ll now be replacing Harrison Ford, of course, who probably won’t be playing Han Solo anymore after…that thing happened to him in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Lord and Miller are the directors behind The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street, and TV’s The Last Man On Earth, and their Han Solo prequel movie will be based on a script written by Jon and Lawrence Kasdan. It’s set to be released at some point in 2018.