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Young Han Solo Confirmed: Who the Fudge is Alden Ehrenreich?

Hail Caesar! Star Alden Ehrenreich has been officially cast as Han Solo in the Star Wars Anthology solo feature. But who is the fresh-faced bounty hunter?

When news first started spreading that one of the Star Wars anthology movies would be about a young Han Solo, people were super excited. But then people realised that someone else would be wearing the black leather cardigan other than Harrison Ford. It’s been an emotional roller coaster as actors like Miles Teller and Taron edgerton were tipped as being front runners for the role of the silver tongued bounty hunter. Today that ride came to an abrupt end as Alden Ehrenreich was officially named as the young Han Solo. But wait, who is this new addition to the Star Wars universe? What’s his track record? How do you pronounce his name? Not to worry, we’re here to clue you in on all that is Alden Ehrenreich. Did I spell that right? Yeah, I sure did.

At the tender age of 26, Ehrenreich is 9 years younger than Harrison Ford was when he first stepped onto the Millennium Falcon. The actor has been on the scene since 2005 and has been slowly and quietly making a name for himself. He received his feature film baptism from Francis Ford Coppola, working on Tetro and Twixt with Coppola back to back. Fun Fact: Coppola has directed both Han Solo’s, having directed Ford in Apocalypse Now.

Since Twixt, Ehrenreich has worked with more than his share of high profile director’s.  Woody Allen, Park Chan-Wook and The Coen Brothers are just a few of the names that spring to mind. The projects themselves have also been incredibly diverse. Between Blue Jasmine, Stoker and Hail Caesar!, Ehrenreich has a decent set if comedic and dramatic chops. That being said, a Han Solo feature is bound to be choc-full of action. Ehrenreich’s resume isn’t the most action-packed, so this could be a point against him.

You won’t have to wait until the Han Solo movie comes out in 2018 to see Alden Ehrenreich next. 2016 is already a busy for the actor, with a role in the upcoming untitled Warren Beatty project and a feature adaptation of the novel Yellow Birds.

Alden Ehrereich is going to be up against some serious push-back with die-hard fans who aren’t that crazy about a new actor playing Han Solo. Hopefully that won’t stop the actor doing justice to the character and adding another gem to the latest round of Star Wars movies.

The Untitled Han Solo Movie doesn’t have a release date. Watch this space for all the latest Star Wars movie news.

 

‘Indiana Jones 5’ will pick up after ‘Crystal Skull’

Speculation about where Indiana Jones 5 will sit in the franchise timeline has been put to bed with confirmation it will pick up where Indy 4 left off. Will it be another Crystal Skull? Read more after the jump. Continue reading ‘Indiana Jones 5’ will pick up after ‘Crystal Skull’

Over 2,000 Actors have Auditioned to Play Han Solo

Dave Franco, Tom Felton and Aaron Taylor Johnson are just a few of the actors who think they can play a young Han Solo in the spin-off. Don’t get cocky.

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Check Out the New Trailer and Full Stormtrooper Suits From “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

I know what you’re thinking. The official Star Wars celebration is tomorrow, and with that the promise of not only a poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens but a fully fledged trailer as well. With that in mind, couldn’t this juicy piece of Episode VII filet be kept aside until then. I suppose you’re right, except you’re totally wrong! Granted, tomorrow promises to be a hailstorm of Star Wars movie news, but this is a marathon, not a sprint. You can’t just dive headfirst into all the news tomorrow, you’ll pull a hammie for sure. So think of this reveal of the the new stormtrooper costumes in full as some light stretching before the race starts.

Screenrant us reporting that in the preparation for the celebration, an Instagram was posted of the official programme for the show, which happens to include a full body stormtrooper image. Check it out below, courtesy of Instagram:

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Exciting stuff right? If you look at the original trailer for Force Awakens you can see that the helmet matches up perfectly with the platoon, and the chest portion is identical to the one sported by John Boyega. It’s certainly a very Abrams-esque take on a classic design, making advancements without doing the original armour a disservice. All we need now is to see how the suit looks in action!
Force Awakens hits theatres on December 25th 2015.

And now that you’ve had your starter, here’s the main course sucker! A new trailer for The Force Awakens. It’s awesome – you’ve been warned. Fresh from Youtube:

I’ll let you sit with that for a while. We’ll be seeing you in four days for that Batman vs Superman trailer we’ve heard so much about.

“Prisoners” Director Locked in to “Blade Runner” Sequel Talks

It seems like forever since we last talked about the impending Blade Runner sequel – although to be fair it got to the point where there was nothing to talk about. We knew original director Ridley Scott was involved in some capacity and that Harrison Ford had been asked to reprise his role as Deckard, but once that was in the conversation all that there was left to do was panic about the prospect of a Blade Runner sequel and how it would even work – or if it would work! Well now we have some other info to discuss, so we can pocket our worries for a the moment.
Deadline has reported on two big developments in the project. First of, Harrison Ford is confirmed to be back for the sequel, picking up where he left off thirty years ago when the original was released. Blade Runner was set in the not too distant future of 2019, so if the timing is faithful it should be nearing 2040 when we catch up with Deckard again. It goes without saying that Ford is as integral to the popularity of the original and the possible success of the sequel as Scott is. But Scott won’t be directing this time around, and that brings us to the second piece of news.
It’s reported that Denis Villeneuve is currently in talks to take the reins of the sci fi sequel from Scott, while the original director takes the Executive Producer chair. Villeneuve is responsible for a couple of good projects, including Prisoners starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, and is in the process of wrapping up Sicaro, starring Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin – so the timing’s just about perfect for the director to take on the mammoth project that is Blade Runner. And with mammoth projects come mammoth responsibilities: if Villeneuve does take the gig, will he cut the mustard.
Fortunately the script is in very good hands: original Blade Runner pen-man Hampton Fancher and Michael Green (who?) have written the screenplay, and since Phillip K Dick never wrote a sequel to Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (the basis of Blade Runner), the script is based on an original idea from Scott and Fancher.
Now that we’re so close to having on all the key pieces in place, what can we expect from this sequel? Will it be another Prometheus? Or something entirely different? Oh crap I’m back to panicking again. Hopefully there’ll be some more news soon to pull me out of this tailspin. The ball’s in your court Villeneuve!

Hasty Pudding’s Man of the Year is…Chris Pratt

Forget the Oscars, sod the Golden Globes and stick the AFI awards in the bin with that grapefruit you were supposed to start having every morning for breakfast because 2015 was going to be all about you getting fit and healthy. Was that too detailed? Because if you’re anything like me, there is only one award for actors that can have any real meaning in this modern culture of pandering and engorged box office grosses. That award is the Hasty Pudding Man (and Woman) of the Year.

In case you’re not in the know, Hasty Pudding is a Harvard University Theatrical Society that every year since 1967 has nominated an actor or performer who has made made a “lasting and impressive contribution to the world of entertainment” (the Woman of the Year has been awarded since 1951).

What results from this is a list of recipients that over the years has become a random accumulation of men and woman that have very little to do with one another: it reads more like a dream party guest list than anything else. The man and woman chosen will normally just have done something particularly impressive that year, unless I’m expected to believe that Sarah Jessica Parker, who was selected in 2002, is still making valid contributions to the entertainment industry.

In any case, it’s a bit of fun – there’s parades and ceremonies and all that jazz. The Woman of the Year in 2015 is Amy Poehler, and joining in that light-hearted vein is this year’s Man of the Year, Chris Pratt. Pratt will join a long line of recipients including Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford, Tom Hanks and James Franco…wait James Franco, really? Ok, whatever.

Chris Pratt in the upcoming "Jurassic World"
Chris Pratt in the upcoming “Jurassic World”.

2014 was an exceedingly good year for Pratt, marking a quantum leap into the public eye with The Lego Movie and most notably Guardians of the Galaxy. 2015 will surely be a step in the same direction, with Jurassic World set for release this year. There’s no other really solid news about upciming projects, apart from Pratt’s obvious involvement in Guardians 2. But there’s a big gap between then and now, so hopefully Pratt will be living up to his Hasty Pudding responsibilities by remaining at least remotely relevant. God speed, Chris Pratt, God speed.

Was Pratt your choice for Hasty Pudding?