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Alden Caleb Ehrenreich (US: /ˈɛrənrk/; born November 22, 1989) is an American actor.[1][2] He made his feature film debut in Francis Ford Coppola's independent film Tetro (2009) and appeared in Coppola's subsequent film Twixt (2011). In 2013, he appeared in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, Park Chan-wook's Stoker and starred in Richard LaGravenese's Beautiful Creatures. In 2016, he starred as Hobie Doyle in the Coen brothers comedy Hail, Caesar! and as Frank Forbes in Warren Beatty's Rules Don't Apply. In 2018, he will star as Han Solo in Solo: A Star Wars Story revolving around the character's younger years.

Alden Ehrenreich
Zoë Worth & Alden Ehrenreich on the set of "Running Wild" (cropped).jpg
Ehrenreich in 2011
Born Alden Caleb Ehrenreich
(1989-11-22) November 22, 1989 (age 27)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Alma mater New York University
Occupation Actor
Years active 2005–present
Known for Beautiful Creatures
Hail, Caesar!

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Early lifeEdit

Ehrenreich was born in Los Angeles, California, to a Reconstructionist Jewish family.[3] He is the only child of Sari (née Newmann), an interior designer, and Mark Ehrenreich, an accountant. He is named after the director Phil Alden Robinson.[4] His stepfather, Harry Aronowitz, is an orthodontist.[1][2][5] Alden's ancestry is Austrian-Jewish, Hungarian-Jewish, Russian-Jewish, and Polish-Jewish.[3]

Ehrenreich began acting at the Palisades Elementary School in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, and continued doing so at Crossroads School in Santa Monica, California. After graduating from high school, he studied acting at New York University, but never finished his degree.[6] In 2009, he co-founded "The Collectin" with his friend Zoë Worth in New York[7] that consists of actors, writers, producers and directors who collaborate on films and theater performances.[8]

CareerEdit

Ehrenreich was discovered at a friend's bat mitzvah reception by Steven Spielberg,[9] when Spielberg watched a comedy video created by Ehrenreich and a friend, "which began in the present and eventually cut to 20 or 30 years later, with Mr. Ehrenreich, in a kimono, screaming to stop a wedding." Ehrenreich has described the comedic performance he gave in the movie as, "I ran around as a skinny little punk, trying on girls' clothes and eating dirt." He was then contacted by DreamWorks, a studio which Spielberg helped found, and met with its casting director.[10] Steven Spielberg said: "He (Alden Ehrenreich) was in a bat mitzvah video that my daughter acted with him in for their best friend. They showed me the video and I loved it and I got him an agent. That's sort of how it all began."[11] The meeting with Spielberg led to acting roles on television shows such as Supernatural and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.[12][13]

In 2007, Ehrenreich auditioned and won the role of Bennie Tetrocini in Francis Ford Coppola's Tetro.[14] Coppola requested Ehrenreich read a passage from The Catcher in the Rye for his main audition.[2] The film was released in limited release in 2009 and received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised Ehrenreich's performance.[15][16] In 2011, he played a minor role in Coppola's subsequent film Twixt and appeared alongside Natalie Portman in the Sofia Coppola-directed Miss Dior Cherie commercial.[17]

In 2013, he starred as Ethan Wate in the film adaptation of the novel Beautiful Creatures, and appeared as Whip Taylor in Park Chan-wook's thriller film Stoker. He then played the stepson of Cate Blanchett in the Woody Allen-directed drama film Blue Jasmine. In 2016, Ehrenreich became more widely known for his co-leading role as Hobie Doyle in the Coen brothers film Hail, Caesar!, alongside a cast that included Josh Brolin and George Clooney.[18] Many critics praised Ehrenreich's performance in particular.[19] That same year, Ehrenreich starred in the leading role of Frank Forbes in Warren Beatty's romantic comedy-drama Rules Don't Apply.[20] He then starred in The Yellow Birds with Tye Sheridan, Jack Huston, and Jennifer Aniston, which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.[21]

In March 2016, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Ehrenreich was one of a number of actors to audition for the role of Han Solo for the upcoming Star Wars anthology film, and had made the final shortlist.[22] On April 16, 2016, Deadline.com reported that he was the frontrunner for the role following a series of secret screen tests.[23] On May 5, 2016, Ehrenreich was cast as Han Solo, with the film following Solo's early life before the events of the original 1977 Star Wars.[24][25] Lucasfilm also hired an acting coach for Ehrenreich, as they were unhappy with his performance up to that point.[26]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Director(s) Notes
2008 Switcheroo! Dan Bryan Basham Short film
2009 Tetro Bennie Tetrocini Francis Ford Coppola
Greased Ben Roxine Helberg Short film
2010 Somewhere Actor at Party Sofia Coppola Uncredited[27]
Ten Fingers Harry Sam Boyd Short film
2011 Twixt Flamingo Francis Ford Coppola
A Dentist Alan Goldenberg Joshua Margolin Short film
2013 Beautiful Creatures Ethan Wate Richard LaGravenese Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Romance
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Liplock (shared with Alice Englert)
Stoker Whip Taylor Chan-wook Park
Blue Jasmine Danny Francis Woody Allen Nominated – Gold Derby Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Teenage 1940s Teenager Matt Wolf Documentary
Maple Leaves Jesse Sophie Brooks Short film
2015 Running Wild Eli Melanie Shaw
2016 Hail, Caesar! Hobie Doyle Joel Coen & Ethan Coen Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Georgia Film Critics Association Award for Breakthrough Actor
Nominated – Golden Schmoes Award for Breakthrough Performance of the Year
Nominated – Indiewire Critics' Poll Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – International Cinephile Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – International Online Cinema Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Breakthrough Artist
Nominated – San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Comedic Performance
Nominated – Village Voice Film Poll Award for Best Supporting Actor
Rules Don't Apply Frank Forbes Warren Beatty Nominated – Georgia Film Critics Association Award for Breakthrough Actor
2017 The Yellow Birds Brandon Bartle Alexandre Moors
2018 Solo: A Star Wars Story Han Solo Ron Howard Post-production

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Supernatural Ben Collins Episode: "Wendigo"
2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Sven Episode: "Built to Kill, Part 2"

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ a b "Kvell Corner". Kehillat Israel Reconstructionist Congregation. Archived from the original on July 26, 2011. Retrieved May 27, 2010. 
  4. ^ Motika, Libby (May 9, 2016). "Ehrenreich Earns Raves for Acting". Palisades News. Retrieved September 18, 2016. 
  5. ^ Keeps, David A. (December 1, 2005). "Tradition, but with a twist". Hartford Courant. Retrieved May 27, 2010. 
  6. ^ Ayers, Mike (February 5, 2016). "Alden Ehrenreich's Road to the Coen Brothers and 'Hail, Caesar!'". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Collectin Consciousness". Interview. July 12, 2010. 
  8. ^ Sancton, Julian (April 7, 2010). "Alden Ehrenreich's Magic Show". Vanity Fair. 
  9. ^ "Meet the Coen Brothers' New Breakout Star: Alden Ehrenreich". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 4, 2016. 
  10. ^ "The Man Who Would Be Han Solo". The New York Times. Retrieved May 6, 2016. 
  11. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Steven Spielberg on Discovering Young Han Solo: 'People Don't Know How Really Funny He Is'". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved June 10, 2016. 
  12. ^ Hill, Logan. "Francis Ford Coppola's New Star Alden Ehrenreich on Not 'Trickling Up' Vulture". Paste. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Alden Ehrenreich is tipped to star as Han Solo but who is he?". BBC. Retrieved April 15, 2016. 
  14. ^ Hill, Logan (March 30, 2009). "Blessed". New York Magazine. 
  15. ^ Corliss, Richard (June 11, 2009). "Coppola's Tetro: An Offer You Can Refuse". Time. Retrieved June 23, 2009. 
  16. ^ Ebert, Roger (June 17, 2009). "Tetro Movie Review". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved June 23, 2009. 
  17. ^ Han, Angie (February 22, 2011). "Watch the Sofia Coppola-directed Miss Dior Cherie TV Commercial Starring Natalie Portman". /Film. Retrieved November 21, 2015. 
  18. ^ Kroll, Justin (September 2, 2014). "Alden Ehrenreich Joins Cast of Coen Brothers' 'Hail Caesar!' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. 
  19. ^ "'Hail, Caesar!': Hooray For the Coen brothets' Hollywood Homage". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  20. ^ Busch, Anita (February 24, 2014). "Warren Beatty's Untitled Howard Hughes Pic Finally Takes Flight Financed By Billionaire Boys' Club; Ehrenreich, Collins To Star In Love Story". Deadline.com. 
  21. ^ Busch, Anita (October 6, 2015). "Jack Huston & Jennifer Aniston Join War Pic 'The Yellow Birds'". Deadline.com. 
  22. ^ Kit, Borys (March 15, 2016). "Disney's Young Han Solo Search Narrows to Final Shortlist of Actors After Screen-Tests (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  23. ^ Busch, Anita (April 13, 2016). "Alden Ehrenreich Emerges As Front-Runner For Han Solo Film". Deadline.com. 
  24. ^ Busch, Anita (May 5, 2016). "Alden Ehrenreich Lands The Lead In 'Star Wars' Han Solo Film". Deadline.com. Retrieved May 5, 2016. 
  25. ^ Utichi, Joe (July 17, 2016). "Alden Ehrenreich Introduced As Han Solo Stand-Alone Pic & 'Episode VIII' Teased At Star Wars Celebration". Deadline.com. Retrieved July 17, 2016. 
  26. ^ Masters, Kim (June 26, 2017). "'Star Wars' Firing Reveals a Disturbance in the Franchise". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 26, 2017. 
  27. ^ Wood, Jennifer M (May 6, 2016). "Meet Han Solo: 12 Fast Facts About Alden Ehrenreich". Mental Floss. Retrieved May 15, 2016. 

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