Alden Ehrenreich reportedly cast as young Han Solo

Actor believed to have taken role in upcoming spin-off movie

Alden Ehrenreich has reportedly been cast as the young Han Solo in Disney’s upcoming Star Wars spin-off film.

Ehrenreich will take the lead role in the eagerly anticipated film about the early life of the Star Wars character originally made famous by Harrison Ford. The as-yet-untitled film will tell the origin story of the character and will be directed by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord (Lego Movie).

Deadline reports that the 26-year-old, who appeared in the Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar!, was cast ahead of fellow actors Taron Egerton and Jack Reynor.

Director Miller tweeted about the film last night (May 5), sharing a photograph of Han Solo’s gun with the caption: “Can’t wait to get shooting!”

Harrison Ford, who played Han Solo in the original Star Wars trilogy as well as last year’s The Force Awakens, recently urged the actors up for the part not to take the role.