In 1977, viewers were introduced to George Lucas’s vision of a galaxy far, far away. Lucas was an expert in world-building, and he peopled his galaxy with characters who quickly became legends. One of the greatest legends was Harrison Ford’s Han Solo, the lovable scoundrel who bragged about the speed of his beloved Millennium Falcon.
Over 40 years later, moviegoers are about to learn Han’s backstory. Lucasfilm has recruited Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!) to play the part of the young Han Solo. He’ll be joined by Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, and Emilia Clarke as a new character called Qi’Ra. The movie will be set between the first two Star Wars trilogies, and will reveal how Han became the cocky, roguish hero fans know and love. But who is Alden Ehrenreich, and why do Lucasfilm believe he’s the right man to play the part?