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Disney officially picks Alden Ehrenreich to play young Han Solo

'Hail Caesar!' star will play the rogue smuggler in a new Star Wars film about the character's early life.

Watch your back, Greedo. There's a new Han Solo in town.
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One of the most coveted acting roles in the galaxy has finally been cast.

Disney said Sunday that Alden Ehrenreich, the break-out star of Coen Brothers movie "Hail Caesar!", will be taking on the mantle of Star Wars rogue Han Solo in a new film about the character's early life. The selection was announced at the Future Filmmaker panel at Star Wars Celebration Europe that featured director Rian Johnson (Star Wars: Episode VIII) and surprise guests Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and John Boyega.

Alongside the central Star Wars movies, Disney plans a number of spin-offs, set to focus on popular characters such as Solo and reportedly the taciturn bounty hunter Boba Fett.

Other actors reportedly considered for the Han Solo role included Jack Reynor from "Transformers: Age of Extinction" and "Macbeth," "Fury" star Logan Lerman, "Brooklyn" actor Emory Cohen and "Everybody Wants Some" actor Blake Jenner.