Gareth Edwards and Kathleen Kennedy Deny That Han Solo ROGUE ONE Rumor
The production of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story included some reshoots not too long ago, and a rumor popped up that Alden Ehrenreich's young Han Solo would be included in that movie. It was the kind of rumor that seemed 100% plausible even though it wasn't confirmed: Rogue One takes place just before A New Hope, and with Ehrenreich signing a three-picture deal with Disney and Lucasfilm, maybe Rogue One would end up being one of those three.
But now director Gareth Edwards has stepped up to squash that rumor before it goes any further. In an interview with Extra (via /Film), he flatly denied that Han Solo would appear in his film:
If for some reason you don't believe him, how about hearing it from Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy herself?
Sure, they could by lying to us about this. But Kennedy is incredibly intelligent, and she has to be aware of the backlash that her Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams received when he took that tack with fans about Star Trek Into Darkness, so I don't think she'd see any upside to lying like that.
So I think it's safe to, as Edwards says, put this one to bed. And from the look of it, Rogue One is going to be just fine without Han Solo anyway, so I don't think they even need him in the first place.