'Hail Caesar' Star Alden Ehrenreich Is Frontrunner for Young Han Solo Role

After giving impressive performance during a series of screen tests, the 26-year-old actor is now the filmmakers' first choice to play the iconic character.

AceShowbiz - Disney and Lucasfilm may have found their Han Solo. According to Deadline, %cAlden Ehrenreich% is the frontrunner to play a young version of the iconic character in an upcoming "Star Wars" spin-off set to be directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

Among 2,500 actors auditioning for the role, Ehrenreich made up the final shortlist along with %cTaron Egerton% ("Kingsman: The Secret Service") and %cJack Reynor% ("Transformers: Age of Extinction"). The 26-year-old Los Angeles native now leads the pack thanks to his "impressive performance" during a series of screen tests.

It's worth noting that Ehrenreich's casting is not yet official and the coveted role could still go to another actor.

Written by Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jon, the still-untitled stand-alone Star Wars film II will be an origin story about Han Solo and his best buddy Chewbacca. Filming is set to star next January for a May 25, 2018 release in the U.S.

Ehrenreich was most recently seen as Hobie Doyle in the Coen brothers' "Hail Caesar". Previously, he appeared in films like %cWoody Allen%'s "Blue Jasmine", Park Chan-Wook's "Stoker" and Richard LaGravenese's "Beautiful Creatures". He has also worked with %cWarren Beatty% on the director's forthcoming %cHoward Hughes% biopic.

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