At just 26 years old, Alden Ehrenreich has already been a part of fifteen productions including a number of short films and the 2009 Francis Ford Coppola drama film, Tetro. The actor’s latest onscreen appearance is alongside Hollywood starlet Lily Collins in the Warren Beatty feature Rules Don’t Apply. Despite his impressive filmography, Alden Ehrenreich is yet to be a household name. But all that is about to change as the young actor was recently cast as Han Solo for the upcoming Star Wars anthology films.
Alden Ehrenreich on Auditioning as Ham Solo
Early this year, there were a roster of talented young actors looking to play a young Han Solo. Variety reported that the list was narrowed down to eight actors who were shortlisted for the coveted part. Among them were Emory Cohen, Taron Egerton, Jack Reynor, and Alden Ehrenreich, who was later on officially cast for the role.
Speaking about his successful audition, Ehrenreich had this to say,
“I had an audition process that went on for a long time, and I got to spend a lot of time with the guys who are directing the film. Getting to be around them and being around the world a little bit has been the main experience so far. I did my audition on the Millennium Falcon for one of my screen tests, which was pretty cool. It was pretty fun, because I enjoyed the material a lot. Last year, I read for the directors, then came to England and did a test on the Falcon, then came back and did a couple more screen tests in Los Angeles.”
Ehrenreich is taking over as Captain of the Millenium Falcon after Harrison Ford carried the mantle in the early films namely Star Wars: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. Ford later made his triumphant comeback in the newly rebooted franchise, The Force Awakens. Disney has long been hinting on a Han Solo spin-off, and finally announced on July 7, 2015, that an anthology is in the works. The upcoming film will be directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who famously directed the animated feature The Lego Movie back in 2014.
As for Alden Ehrenreich, the young actor is thankful for the opportunity and has confessed that he never questioned why he was cast in the first place. “I avoid any conversation like that. The more ignorant I am about anything that pertains to that, the better,” he admitted. “I just don’t think that there’s any way that could be helpful to the work that I do. Each film and each character is a completely new set of challenges. It doesn’t feel like you can rest on something you may have done well in the past.”