26 July, 2016 - NME.com
Disney is reportedly planning to make multiple movies featuring the new Han Solo played by Alden Ehrenreich.
Ehrenreich, 26, best known for his roles in Hail, Caesar! andBlue Jasmine, was officially cast as a young Han Solo earlier this month (July). A film telling the character's origin story is due to start shooting in January for a May 2018 release.
However, New York Daily News claims to have been informed that Ehrenreich has actually already signed a three-movie deal with Disney. The outlet quotes an insider as saying: "There is a real sense of excitement around the Han Solo movie and its potential. Given that Han's early adventures do not need to be tied to the Empire, it leaves story lines open with the opportunity to really give fans something different. They can explore new galaxies and crazy creatures and bring in a wide array of new characters."
The insider is also quoted as saying: "They feel that his character has the right potential to become a central figure in several movies. They're keeping things under wraps at the moment, but the deal is that he has signed for at least three movies."
Director Christopher Miller said earlier this month that 3,000 actors had been auditioned to play Han Solo over six months and that Ehrenreich had actually been the first person they saw for the role. He beat actors including Dave Franco, Logan Lerman, Jack Reynor, Ansel Elgort, Scott Eastwood, Emory Cohen and Blake Jenner to the high-profile part.
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