Today at Star Wars Celebration Europe, Alden Ehrenreich was introduced to fans for the first time as Han Solo, the new star of the untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story at the Future Filmmaker panel. The panel featured Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy (producer) and Kiri Hart (senior vice president of Development), who were joined by director Rian Johnson (Star Wars: Episode VIII) and directing duo Chris Miller and Phil Lord (the untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story). Hosted by Lucasfilm Story Group’s Pablo Hidalgo, the filmmakers were joined by surprise guests John Boyega (Finn), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), and Carrie Fisher (General Leia Organa) from Star Wars: Episode VIII.
While to some this news might not be considered newsworthy, Lucasfilm never officially announced this information. The various trade sites announced it, and for some that is official enough. But Lucasfilm thought the time to announce the casting was today at Star Wars Celebration Europe.
Ehrenreich is a talented, but relative unknown actor. He is best known for stealing scenes in Joe and Ethan Coen’s film Hail, Caesar! earlier this year (where he played the character Hobie Doyle).
Look for more news soon about the upcoming Han Solo movie!