The first Star Wars anthology film appears to be almost fully formed. With Alden Erhrenreich and Donald Glover cast as Han Solo and Lando Calrissian respectively, word now comes from StarWars.com itself that Emilia Clarke is joining the cast of the as of yet untitled Solo film.
Emilia Clarke is heading to a galaxy far, far away — and she’s going to meet Han and Chewie.
StarWars.com is excited to announce that Clarke, known for her stirring portrayal of Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, will join the upcoming untitled Han Solo Star Warsmovie. Clarke’s role will round out a dynamic cast of characters that Han and Chewie will encounter on their adventures.
Clarke joins Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover — previously cast as Han Solo and Lando Calrissian, respectively — in the highly-anticipated film, which is set prior to the original Star Wars trilogy.
The untitled Han Solo movie, helmed by directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, is set for release in 2018.
There wasn’t a mention as to who Clarke will be playing in the press release, but wild fanboy internet speculation is sure to be abound. Will Disney be using a character from the expanded universe that they’re so fond of mining story material from? Will it be a character that we are already familiar with? Smart money on it not being Jabba the Hutt. Some people have speculated that she’ll be a young Princess Leia, especially since she plays someone with such a regal bearing on Game of Thrones. However, Emilia Clarke playing Leia would be wrong on so many levels. Most of all, Leia and Han can’t meet at all before A New Hope, and really there is no point in them crossing paths either.
It would be nice to see Emilia Clarke cast in a franchise as a character that she can make her own. Terminator Genysis had a lot of issues, and many voiced the opinion that she didn’t play a very convincing Sarah Conner, and that’s a big issue with playing an iconic character that other actresses have already played spot on. Give her and all of us something new.
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