“I really think that movies are the most popular form of story telling ever and have such a huge impact on culture when they do. So I really want to be a part of those movies that say something good to a lot of people.” - Alden Ehrenreich
With the rumors of his casting finally coming to fruition by being officially introduced to fans at Star Wars Celebration Europe as the new Han Solo, Alden Ehrenreich will be surrounded by internet buzz for many months to come. During the buildup of the new Star Wars production, we’re surely going to learn more about this young actor who is poised at the gate of galactic stardom. Here are a few tidbits of info that you might find interesting…
He was born in November 1989 in Los Angeles California to his mother, Sari, and father, Mark. Both parents were film buffs but not directly related to the film industry.
Ehrenreich studied acting at NYU, but never completed his course of study to earn a degree. Instead, he helped to co-found an acting company whose members performed in downtown bars and small theatre spaces throughout the city.
He was discovered by Steven Spielberg through the viewing of a home video. Spielberg was attending the Bat Mitzvah of his daughter’s friend when he happened upon the short comedy video and recognized Ehrenreich’s talent.
He made his television acting debut on the WB/CW series Supernatural. In 2005, was cast in the part of Ben Collins on the episode entitled “Wendigo”. This led to a role in a 2006 episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
His film debut happened with Francis Ford Coppola’s 2009 independent release, “Tetro". This movie was filmed in the Buenos Aires region of Argentina.
His breakout role was predicted to be his portrayal of Hobie Doyle in the 2016 Coen Brothers film, “Hail Caesar!”. This failed to happen, however, as the film did terrible at the box office despite having an all star cast.
Ehrenreich was the first actor to audition for the role of the new Solo. He auditioned against Charlie Cox (Daredevil, The Defenders), Miles Teller (War Dogs, Bleed For This) and over 1000 other actors for the role of Solo.
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