When casting for Solo: A Star Wars Story began there was a lot of talk about a young man named Anthony Ingruber potentially being cast. Today screenwriter Jon Kasdan confirms that he was originally in the mix to play the character, but lost in favor of Alden Ehrenreich.
The reason Ingruber seemed to be fans’ choice was because he appeared in the Harrison Ford movie The Age of Adeline where he played the younger version of a man played by Harrison Ford. Ingruber was essentially trying to pull off his best impression of Ford and it was obviously noticed when casting a young Ford was happening again in Solo.
Personally I never liked the idea of a young Han Solo just being a impression of Harrison Ford. I’d rather give the chance for the young actor to put his own spin on the character. Alden was able to do that. Ingruber appearing and trying his best to look and sound like Harrison Ford would’ve made things more distracting.
Even if Solo hasn’t met expectations to this point I’m happy to see that the casting of Alden didn’t end up being a problem. Most people just seem to have accepted him.
The long Solo audition process was also believed to have included Ansel Elgort (Baby Driver), Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service), and Miles Teller (Whiplash). Plus many others. Egerton and Ehrenreich were supposedly the final two before Ehrenreich ultimately won the role.