It’s Just That Simple: The Search for Star Wars‘ Young Han Solo Just Got Very Uncomplicated

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I won’t miss a single opportunity to post this video, by far the most entertaining part of the Coen’s Hail, Caesar! And, as reported this afternoon, the scene contains the frontrunner to play young Han Solo in the upcoming Star Wars standalone film.

That’s right, the excellent Alden Ehrenreich is said to have beaten out every other young man in town (and out) for the coveted role, and the more I see that that little sideways smirk he’s got, the more I realize I’m completely down with this decision. At only 26, he’s got that old Hollywood look that the Coens wisely played up, as well as a natural Harrison Ford-like swagger. I don’t think any of us will have a problem converting him in our brains.

In related news, I’m slightly sad to have read that in the original A New Hope script, Obi Wan lived through his fight with Darth Vader; he wasn’t supposed to die!

All the more reason to bring back Ewan McGregor for that standalone story…

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Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis has been writing about the entertainment industry for ​over seven years, and is the ​Editor-in-Chief at Oohlo, where she muses over television, movies, and pop culture. Previous Senior News Editor at Pajiba, and published at BUST.

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  • emmalita

    That is one of my favorite scenes in Hail, Caesar. However, I am really uninterested in a young Han Solo movie.

    • Definitely my favorite scene from Hail, Caesar! (with possible exception of Charming Potato’s sing and dance bit with his sailor pals). AE was amazing.

    • Not even now? I think I felt similarly, but this casting would change my mind.

      • emmalita

        I think the actor is lovely, but I still don’t know what anyone gains from a young Han Solo movie, except cash. And I’m not that interested in Disney’s bottom line.

        • Fair enough. I guess it really depends on what story they decide to tell.

    • Berry

      I want to be interested in it. I should be interested in it, as Han is my second favorite Star Wars character ever, and up there in all time fictional favorites as well. I’ve tried to talk myself into getting interested in it. So far, no dice. But Rogue One left me fairly cold as an idea too, and it took the teaser trailer to get excited about that, so who knows. Maybe it’ll be happen eventually. I just feel like Han needs the context of Leia and Luke and growing to care about something to be interesting.

      • emmalita

        This is it exactly. Han does all of his growing during Star Wars. I have no curiosity about what he was doing before he was hired by Obi Wan.

        • Halbs

          I could see him being the type of person that is grumpily agreeing to help out good people his whole life, despite his natural preference for being shady. He wasn’t exactly a saint in Force Awakens.

          • emmalita

            I haven’t read any of the expanded Star Wars universe books or comics, so that might be hindering my imagination.

  • Halbs

    I like this guy but saying he has 1970s (or 2010s) Ford swagger is really swinging for the fences. Everyone looked silly in the 1970s and Harrison Ford looked like Harrison Ford. I hope AE he proves me wrong because he is very likable.