Big news from the galaxy far, far away, which comes in the form of a new Han Solo. Read on as we welcome Alden Ehrenreich to the Star Wars family...
A few weeks ago there were three names on the Han Solo shortlist. We covered it on the Talk Star Wars podcast and lamented the absence of our favourite, Athony Ingruber. The shortlist featured Kingsman star Taron Egerton, Transformers (!) star Jack Reynor and Hail Caesar breakout star/relative newcomer, Alden Ehrenreich. Based on a process of elimination, more than anything else, I decided to back Alden Ehrenreich. For a start he had a better look for the role than the other two actors, and looking at what the some of the hopefuls had done in the past (Transformers!), I felt an actor with as little baggage as possible would be the right fit.
I also defended Alden when some of the Talk Star Wars community questioned his suitability. I feel that the writers, producers and directors have a much better understanding of what they need from a Han Solo than we do, and they've seen, presumably, Alden's range, his ability to switch between the comedic and the serious the way Harrison Ford did during his time with the character. So I'm willing to trust that this is our guy. Which he certainly appears to be thanks to the confirmation from Variety.
Variety ran a piece stating that this was a done deal and the recent rumors of Alden being in final negotiations were correct. They also included this piece of info:
I hate to get all negative again (I've used up my whine pass on the Tom Hardy piece from earlier) but I do not like the idea of Han Solo appearing in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. He shouldn't be that close to the events of Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope until he slides in behind the table in the cantina opposite Obi-Wan and Luke. Besides, I thought the Han Solo story was a introduction to the characters of Han and Chewy! Didn't someone say it's an origin story of sorts? If that's the case then they should keep the character underwraps until the May 2018 release.
In case you missed it last week, here is a look at Han's trusty DL-44 blaster as tweeted by director Chris Miller on May 4th. MakingStarWars.net pointed out on their recent podcast that this is the "Greedo Killer", a version of the DL-44 that only appeared in Star Wars up to the point of Greedo's death. After that the look altered slightly. Is this an indication that this is in fact the actual prop to be used by Alden in the new movie? And is that consol it's resting on one of the Millennium Falcon's consols? So many questions, I'm starting to get really excited about this new movie now.
What's your take on the new Han Solo movie and it's ne star? Are you hoping for a series of Han Solo films or do you expect it to be a one off? Leave your thoughts in the comments below...
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