No one can and ever will replace Harrison Ford as Han Solo, the fanboy in us all says. It’s hard to replace that original space-jock look with an attitude only Ford could pull off in the 1970s.
But it’s happening. With the (SPOILER) death of Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it looks like Ford won’t ever be reprising his role as everyone’s favorite smuggler. Fear not, though, as Ford’s replacement (*shutters*) has officially been confirmed.
According to a report by ComicBook.com’s Russ Burlingame, Alden Ehrenreich was confirmed to play the younger Solo in the upcoming standalone Star Wars film.
Ehrenreich was confirmed to play Solo after making an appearance at the Star Wars Celebration Europe during the Future Filmmaker Panel on Sunday. Per Burlingame’s report, the panel featured Lucasfilm producer Kathleen Kennedy and senior vice president of development Kiri Hart. The two were joined by Rian Johnson, the director of “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” and both Chris Miller and Phil Lord, who will be co-directing the Solo standalone flick.
Like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the animated series Star Wars Rebels, the Solo film (ha… ha…) will take place between “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith” and “Star Wars: A New Hope.”
The duo of Miller and Lord, which directed 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street, will be basing their Solo film off a screenplay written by Lawrence Kasdan and his son, Jon. The American screenwriter wrote screenplays for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Solo’s nerf-herding video is slated to be released on May 25, 2018.