Tuesday, June 25, 2024

New Han Solo Gives Warren Beatty Film a Boost, and Credits Woody Allen, Coen Brothers


There’s a new Han Solo. Or rather an “origins” Han Solo. Alden Ehrenreich, as I predicted a couple of times here, has gotten the job.

So you’re asking, who the heck is Alden Ehrenreich? Well, he played Cate Blanchett’s stepson Danny, the one who broke ties with her in “Blue Jasmine” in an emotional scene in a video store. And he was also the star of the Coen brothers’ “Hail Caesar” this past winter. He stole the film from a bunch of stars including George Clooney.

Ehrenreich’s ascendance to Han Solo shows how smart Warren Beatty is. Two years ago Beatty tapped him to be the star of his “Howard Hughes” movie playing the young romantic lead. Warren saw something in this kid, who was basically known except for that scene in Woody’s movie.

When Warren’s film comes this fall, Ehrenreich will get his first big attention boost. From what I’m told he’s excellent in Beatty’s film.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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