Haaan Solooo!! We’re pulling out our Maz Kanata voice, because there’s big news: The Star Wars Han Solo standalone film has found its scruffy-looking nerfherder in Alden Ehrenreich. You might know him from the supernatural YA romance Beautiful Creatures, or his recent critically hailed turn as a dopey cowboy in the Coen brothers’ Hail, Caesar! Now, he’s beat the other frontrunners (including Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, and others) to star in the upcoming Star Wars “Anthology” film.
We don’t yet know the plot of the movie, but Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jon Kasdan are writing the script, with (most tellingly) Phil Lord Chris Miller (The LEGO Movie, 21 Jump Street) directing—so you know it’ll be fun. Considering how The Force Awakens took some plot inspiration from the former Expanded Universe (now Legends) books, there’s a chance that the Kasdans could pull from A.C. Crispin’s Han Solo trilogy (The Paradise Snare, The Hutt Gambit, and Rebel Dawn).
In the meantime, learn more about Ehrenreich from this New York Times profile in which George Clooney describes him as a scene-stealer and his own origin story involves a surreal bar mitzvah video that caught Steven Spielberg’s eye. Enjoy also Chris Miller’s cute tweet from Star Wars Day:
— Chris Miller (@chrizmillr) May 4, 2016
We trust that Miller and Lord know who shot first.