The fast-rising career of the 26-year-old actor cast as the young Han Solo

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Alden Ehrenreich, 26.
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Alden Ehrenreich is heading to a universe far, far away.

It was announced Thursday that the 26-year-old actor was cast as a young Han Solo, stepping into a role made iconic by Harrison Ford.

The spin-off is set for a May 25, 2018, release.

Though this might be Ehrenreich’s first blockbuster film, the actor is no stranger to Hollywood.

He was discovered by Steven Spielberg at a bat mitzvah at age 14, and has worked with some of the film industry’s most established directors, including Francis Ford Coppola.

Here’s a look at the professional career of the future “Star Wars” actor:


Alden Caleb Ehrenreich was born November 22, 1989, and grew up in Pacific Palisades, California.

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When he was 14, he made a short, comedic video for his friend’s bat mitzvah. Steven Spielberg happened to be in the crowd, and set up a meeting between the teen and DreamWorks.

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He landed his first acting gigs on episodes of “CSI” and “Supernatural.”

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“Supernatural.”
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He went to New York University, and though he never graduated, he cofounded a theater company while there.

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Called The Collectin and composed of more than 30 members, the group met once a week and performed original material around New York City. They are now based in LA, and have made two films. Ehrenreich starred in one of them: 2015’s “Running Wild.”

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He made his film debut in Francis Ford Coppola’s drama “Tetro” in 2009. He followed that role up with a few short films and an uncredited role in “Somewhere,” directed by Sofia Coppola, Francis Ford’s daughter.

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He teamed up with Francis Ford Coppola again for 2011’s “Twixt.”

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He then had a supporting role in the psychological thriller “Stoker.”

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Next, Ehrenreich was cast as the lead in “Beautiful Creatures,” based on the YA novel of the same name. He initially turned down the role, but was later convinced to read the script and loved it.

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In 2013, he appeared in Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine” as Cate Blanchett’s character’s estranged stepson.

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Recently, Ehrenreich received critical acclaim for his role as a country-western movie star in the Coen Brothers’ “Hail, Caesar!’

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For the role, he learned trick-roping, gun-twirling, and horseback riding.

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He’s playing a soldier in Iraq in the upcoming film, “The Yellow Birds,” alongside Jennifer Aniston and Tye Sheridan

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He’s also starring in Warren Beatty’s untitled film about famed aviator Howard Hughes.

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He’ll also be joining the “Star Wars” universe, taking on the role of a young Han Solo.

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He beat out more than 2,500 other actors for the part in the Han Solo spin-off, which is set to open in 2018.

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It is also rumored that he may appear as a character in this year’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”

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