Alden Ehrenreich Cast as Young Han Solo: 5 Things to Know About Star Wars' Newest Star

May 6, 2016 12:54 PM

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1. Steven Spielberg discovered him in 2003. Ehrenreich made a home movie for his friend's bat mitzvah, which played during the ceremony. Spielberg happened to be in attendance and was struck by his performance. "It's a piece of s--t," Ehrenreich later told Rolling Stone. "It's a video that this girl asked us to do. I mean, there wasn't a script: We would go and just film whatever made us laugh. I'm this 14-year-old, skinny little kid with long hair. I break into her house, try on her clothes and make up a song. All of this is just us literally taking a camera and going like, 'OK, ha ha, do this.' We showed it to our parents—'We're gonna play this at her bat mitzvah!'—and they were like, 'You look like an idiot in this. I don't think you should really do that.' We didn't care." Regardless, Spielberg scheduled a meeting with Ehrenreich at his studio, Dreamworks. He eventually introduced him to director Francis Ford Coppola, who cast him in 2009's Tetro.

2. Like many of his peers, he toplined a YA adaptation. In 2013, in the wake of Twilight and The Hunger Games' successes, Ehrenreich starred opposite Alice Englert in Beautiful Creatures. "It's appealing to me to get to be in a commercial film without feeling like I sold out. This movie has so much ...

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