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Alden Ehrenreich beats Jack Reynor to Han Solo role, but who is he?

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Actor Alden Ehrenreich attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures'
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Actor Alden Ehrenreich attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' "Beautiful Creatures" at TCL Chinese Theatre on February 6, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
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Alden Ehrenreich has landed the role of the young Han Solo, sources are telling industry magazines.

Although Lucasfilm and Disney have not yet confirmed the casting, it seems that those in the know are suggesting the 26-year-old actor is the chosen one and is in 'final negotiations'.

The New York Post reports that he has bagged the role ahead of Jack Reynor, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Scott Eastwood and Taron Egerton thanks to an impressive screen test.

Deadline also reports "he has the job".

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Actor Alden Ehrenreich attends the Los Angeles premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures'
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Actor Alden Ehrenreich attends the Los Angeles premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' "Beautiful Creatures" at TCL Chinese Theatre on February 6, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Ehrenreich may not be a household name, but the American actor has a solid body of work behind him.

His most recent role was as Hobie Doyle in the Coen Brothers' Hail, Caesar!.  He also had roles in Blue Jasmine with Cate Blanchett, Beautiful Creatures and Stoker, all in 2013.  He also appeared in Francis Ford Coppola's Tetro in 2009 and Twixt in 2011.

(L to R) British actress Tilda Swinton, US actor George Clooney, US actor Alden Ehrenreich and US actor Josh Brolin pose during the photo call for the film
(L to R) British actress Tilda Swinton, US actor George Clooney, US actor Alden Ehrenreich and US actor Josh Brolin pose during the photo call for the film "Hail, Caesar!" screened as opening film of the 66th Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin on February 11, 2016. The 66th Berlin film festival starts on February 11, 2016 with a spotlight on Europe's refugee crisis. / AFP / TOBIAS SCHWARZ (Photo credit should read TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Prior to that he had a series of minor TV roles on shows including Supernatural and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

The young star was reportedly discovered at a friend's bat Mitzvah by Steven Spielberg where the legendary director saw him performing in a short comedy.

The Han Solo film will chart a young Han Solo's early years aboard the Millennium Falcon with Chewie and will be helmed by The Lego Movie directors  Christopher Miller and Phil Lord.

The script for the film, releasing in May 2018, will be written by Lawrence Kasdan who wrote The Empire Strikes Back.

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