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Alden Ehrenreich Joins Marvel Cinematic Universe

Alden Ehrenreich will be known to most as the actor behind young Han Solo, who made his debut in 2018’s Solo: A Star Wars Story. Lucasfilm produced the prequel flick in the pre-Disney+ age where it was set on developing big-screen spin-offs in the galaxy far, far away alongside the sequel trilogy, but things didn’t go quite to plan.

Ehrenreich recently secured his biggest post-Star Wars role yet with Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer – a film with among the most stacked A-list casts in history. Now, the young Han Solo actor will make the jump to another major franchise: the MCU.

Star Wars Actor Joins Ironheart

According to Deadline, Solo: A Star Wars Story star Alden Ehrenreich has joined the cast of Marvel Studios’ Ironheart Disney+ series in a key role.

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Inside Charles Murphy confirmed he is unsure who Ehrenreich is playing, but reports Marvel Studios were originally searching for “a white male in his late 20s.” Ironheart was also said to be targeting an actor from “40-49 with comedic chops” to play the rumored child of Jeff Bridges’ Obadiah Stane.

Ehrenreich just concluded filming in Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer, where he worked alongside MCU stars like Robert Downey Jr. and Florence Pugh. Now, the Solo star will take his first dive into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Ironheart, but who could he be playing?

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Perhaps Ehrenreich will play the son of the Iron Man villain, who in the comics is known as Ezekiel Stane, even though he may not fit into the age bracket Marvel Studios was originally looking for. The Star Wars actor does look similar to certain interpretations of the character, and he even comes from Los Angeles, just like Bridges.

In Marvel Comics, Ezekiel Stane used black-market Stark technology to upgrade himself with cybernetics, biotech, and bio-weaponry as he vowed revenge against his father’s killer: Tony Stark. The principle of Iron Man’s legacy and technology falling into the wrong hands will be a major part of Armor Wars, so perhaps Ehrenreich will appear there too if he is playing Stane.

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