Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Report: Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy Was Recommended 'Young Han Solo' By Spielberg and Coppola

By Ciaran Duggan,

A number of news outlets have reported that film directors, Stephen Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola, reached out to 'Star Wars' producer Kathleen Kennedy and endorsed Alden Ehrenreich to play the iconic, scruffy-looking, nerf-herding, smuggler, in the new Young Han Solo movie.

The process of finding the young Han Solo was length and arduous for Disney, as they intended to choose an actor who really fit the bill. Disney met with well over 2,500 actors, in their attempts to cast the young Han Solo. By December, the candidates for the role had been narrowed to three actors:

- Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction)
- Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service & Eddie the Eagle)
- Alden Ehrenreich (Joel & Hail, Caesar!)

The timing of the release of Joel and Hail, Caesar was undoubtedly a key factor in Disney's decision to choose Mr. Ehrenreich. These breakthrough roles occurred  in the middle of Disney's search. However, The Hollywood Reporter have stated that the crucial factor which determined the final call was not the timing.

The Hollywood Reporter have declared that revered directors Steven Spielberg (Jurassic Park and Jaws) and The Godfather filmmaker, Francis Ford Coppola, reached out to Kathleen Kennedy and vouched for Alden Ehrenreich. The article reveals that Spielberg had previously seen Alden Ehrenreich in a bat mitzvah video, whilst Alden worked with Francis Ford Coppola in the actor's first two movies.

Of course this report remains unconfirmed, but there seems to be a certain level of credibility to this story because it has been picked up by so many renowned news outlets.

What are your thoughts on the casting of the young Han Solo?

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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