Alden Ehrenreich has landed the big gig. He will play Han Solo in Disney’s new stand alone Han Solo- Star Wars film.
Deadline reports that no story details about exactly what events in Han Solo’s life prior to his appearance on screen in Star Wars: A New Hope have been revealed, but prior to Disney’s 2012 purchase of Lucasfilm, the Star Wars Expanded Universe line of books and comics saw several novels about the scoundrel’s younger days. The Expanded Universe created prior to the Lucasfilm acquisition was officially de-canonized in 2014, but elements from it have been borrowed in the Star Wars universe’s new canon, notably with certain plot points in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It’s possible then that some of Solo’s previously established backstory may make its way back into the Star Wars mainstream.
The stand alone Han Solo film, expected to be called Han Solo: A Star Wars Story in keeping with this year’s Rogue One, is currently in pre-production under directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Perhaps anticipating the confirmation of Ehrenreich’s casting,
Smuggler. Scoundrel. Hero. Han Solo, captain of the Millennium Falcon, was one of the great leaders of the Rebel Alliance and now the star of his own movie! May The Force Be With You!