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Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the newest member to the Star Wars franchise, not taking on the role of a new character, but commandeering the role of Han Solo for a new prequel film coming in 2018. Alden Ehrenreich is the name of the actor fortunate enough to nab this role, though you may not have heard the name before this mention.

.He wasn’t in the original leaked list of actors auditioned for the part, nor has Alden starred in many blockbusters before. That being said, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega have shown that Star Wars has a tendency to give young talent the boost it needs to make it into the spotlight.

Back in 2013, Alden starred in the movie Beautiful Creatures alongside Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons, and Viola Davis. Alden also performed in the A-List heavy Hail, Caesar!. His shared screen time with actors such as Clooney, Brolin, Johansson, and Fiennes probably lent a major hand in Alden’s recent success.

One way or another, Alden must’ve done something right during auditions to edge out the competition. It’s definitely a performance we’ll watch closely in the years to come.