According to a published piece in The Hollywood Reporter in December 2015, an estimated 2,500 actors between the ages of 18-32 had been seen for the part of Han Solo for the upcoming standalone Star Wars origin story about the intergalactic smuggler.

One Hollywood agent even remarked, “This has been the easiest movie to audition for. They are seeing everyone.”

While we did our own guessing – forecasting that perhaps the likes of Miles Teller or Dave Franco could admirably fill the character’s shoes – it is in fact a dark horse that wasn’t on anyone’s list that has secured the coveted role.

Late Thursday evening, Deadline confirmed that 26-year-old Los Angeles native Alden Ehrenreich – an actor perhaps best known for his role in the Coen Brother’s Hail Caesar! – is in final negotiations to join the Star Wars universe.

Whether it’s curious timing or not, The New York Times also has a new, lengthy profile on the young thespian as well.

Han Solo: A Star Wars Story is slated to hit theaters in 2018.

Words by Alec Banks
Features Editor

Alec Banks is a Los Angeles-based long-form writer with over a decade of experience covering fashion, music, sports, and culture.

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