Just who is Alden Ehrenreich and how did he become Han Solo?
While he’s gaining notoriety thanks to his stint as Han Solo, Alden Ehrenreich remains far from a household name, although we’re sure the Solo: A Star Wars Story star is someone to keep your eye on. As we wait for his fame to grow, let’s see how he got to this point by looking over five of his best movie roles so far.
This 2013 psychological horror film was the English language debut for Park Chan-wook, the ever popular South Korean director of Oldboy. Starring Mia Wasikowska (Crimson Peak), Matthew Goode (Watchmen), and Nicole Kidman (The Beguiled), the movie garnered substantial praise. In it, Ehrenreich plays Whip Taylor – a schoolboy who ends up buried in the garden after getting his neck broken. Spooky!
Blue Jasmine (2013)
Also released in 2013, this Woody Allen flick is star studded through and through (Alec Baldwin, Cate Blanchett, Louis C.K., and Sally Hawkins). Ehrenreich plays title character Jasmine’s suspicious step son – Harvard dropout Danny. Though another minor role, Ehrenreich shines in an emotionally charged atmosphere.
Let us just say 2013 was a big year for Ehrenreich. This oddball film explores the history and formation of teen youth culture throughout the 20th century, blending real archival footage with recreated scenes involving Ehrenreich as a faux 40s teenager.
Hail, Caesar! (2016)
2016 saw the release of this Coen Brothers picture, with Alden in a starring role. Playing the lovable if not totally incompetent Hobie Doyle – a singing cowboy Western star – Ehrenreich provides fantastic comedic bravado.
Rules Don’t Apply (2016)
Directed by the esteemed Warren Beatty, this 2016 romantic drama takes place in the age of Howard Hughes. Another starring role, Alden plays a young chauffeur for one of Mr. Hughes’s up-and-coming actresses. Drama unfolds as the two slowly fall in love, much to the discontent of their boss.