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Alden Ehrenreich confirmed as young Han Solo at Star Wars Celebration

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Alden Ehrenreich, best known for his work in the Coen Brothers' Hail Caesar! and Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, has been confirmed as young Han Solo in the stand-alone anthology origin story.

In May, it was reported that Ehrenreich had signed onto the project, but neither Disney or Lucasfilm confirmed the casting news. Today, during the final panel at Star Wars Celebration in London, Ehrenreich was confirmed. He'll star in Phil Lord and Christopher Miller's Han Solo origin movie scheduled to be released in 2018.

Miller and Lord haven't said much about the project, but they have confirmed it will focus on Han Solo and Chewie as rogue thieves before they joined the Rebellion. It's been rumored that the movie will be a buddy-cop style film, but neither of the directors have confirmed that.

Ehrenreich, 26, started his acting career with a small appearance on an episode of Supernatural in 2005. Since then, he's had multiple guest appearances on various television series, including CSI, and has worked on more than a dozen films.

While the young Han Solo movie marks the second anthology film to come out of the franchise, the first one, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, will be released Dec 16.