Alden Ehrenreich is in final negotiations to play young Han Solo in the upcoming Star Wars spinoff movie, The Hollywood Reporter announced today, after a lengthy search that saw 2,500 actors audition for the role. Ehrenreich, whose biggest movie role so far came in Coen Brothers comedy Hail, Caesar! was reportedly one of three actors who made it to the final shortlist for Solo hopefuls, alongside Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction) and Taron Egerton (Kingsman).
Like Harrison Ford before him, Ehrenreich's path to acting was non-traditional, as the Hollywood Reporter notes. Ford worked as a carpenter, and only stepped in to do line readings while the original Solo role was being cast, while Ehrenreich was spotted by Steven Spielberg in a video from a bar mitzvah, the director's seal of approval helping him find TV and then movie roles.
There are no details yet on the plot for the upcoming Han Solo movie, and Ehrenreich won't step into the starring role until 2018, but we might see him in Solo's Corellian Bloodstriped pants before then — young Solo may reportedly make a cameo in Rogue One, due to his theaters in December this year. Ehrenreich certainly has the cheeky grin to play a younger version of the galaxy's scruffiest smuggler, but there's a bigger question here — who will play young Chewbacca?