Game of Thrones Emilia Clarke Star Wars Han Solo

Game of Thrones Star Emilia Clarke Joins Star Wars Han Solo Spinoff Film

First, she rode a dragon; now she might be riding the Millennium Falcon.

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke has joined the cast of the upcoming Star Wars spinoff film about a young Han Solo, according to our sister site Variety. Clarke will reportedly play the female lead, but no further details on the role have been released. And she’s not the first to go from Game of Thrones to Star Wars: Gwendoline Christie, who plays Brienne of Tarth on the HBO fantasy series, was in last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens as Captain Phasma.

Alden Ehrenreich will star as the young Han Solo, the role originated by Harrison Ford in the first Star Wars trilogy. Atlanta star Donald Glover co-stars as a young Lando Calrissian, the smuggler character originally played by Billy Dee Williams. The spinoff film will be set before the events of the first Star Wars film, 1977’s A New Hope, and is slated for a May 2018 release.

Clarke is currently filming Season 7 of Game of Thrones, which premieres next summer, with production on the Han Solo film set to start in January. Thrones will run for two more seasons, with the series wrapping up with Season 8 in 2018.

Who should Clarke play in the Han Solo spinoff film? Hit the comments and dream up the perfect role.

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18 Comments
  1. Cas says:

    As long as she lives on GOT I am okay with this. She is my favorite.

  2. nellie says:

    and we have another brunette white chick in star wars. such great and new casting.

    • Pedro says:

      Do you oppose her race or her hair colour? Or both?

      • nellie says:

        i oppose star wars lack of diversity. especially when they claim to be all about female empowerment and have only casted white women as their female leads. as though female empowerment means white women with brown hair.

        • ScottJ says:

          You obviously haven’t noticed a significant percentage of Americans are no longer interested in diversity and empowerment. So its a bit late now to come up with the outrage.

        • Nul says:

          Han Solo has a black wife pre leia in the comics, which are canon, so before you go ape shoot over this, maybe see if that character eventually gets “casted”, or as we say here, “cast”.

          • nellie says:

            I thought I made it pretty clear that I was talking about the movie and not the comics and in every star wars movie the female lead looks like clarke. No one is going ape shot over anything. I’m stating facts. The article written on this story state that clarke got the lead role so forgive me if I’m just following what has been put out there

        • Pedro says:

          We have no idea who Emilia Clarke will play. The Force Awakens introduced three leads and one was Black and one was Hispanic. Episode VIII will have an Asian actress also added to the main cast. Rogue One’s cast has pretty much people from every single race.

          You statement about diversity is way off. You clearly have no idea about these films or what you are talking about.

          Rogue One blind-cast women of several different races. If, at the end, Clarke was the best, she should not lose the job because of her race. Equality is about people having a fair chance and a fair chance was given. Much like Finn, who had been conceptualised as a White male, but John Boyega got the part because he was the best actor for it.

    • johnhelvete says:

      I think your comment might be premature because it is unknown what role Clarke is playing in the film. The four actresses that were rumored to have screen tested for the female lead are Tessa Thompson, Zoe Kravitz, Naomi Scott and Adria Arjona.

      • nellie says:

        “Clarke will reportedly play the female lead, but no further details on the role have been released.”

        i think you should read the article again. they may have tested those actresses but the article states that clarke got the lead role. hence my point, star wars’s definition of female empowerment is women who look like emilia clarke.

        • johnhelvete says:

          My apologies, I read the articles at THR and Deadline, both of those articles are less clear if Clarke got the lead role in the film. I can understand your disappointment if Clarke is in fact playing the lead role (perhaps Variety is incorrect and the other two trades are more accurate in the hesitation to proclaim that Clarke is playing the lead role) but the silver lining is Clarke is three years older than Ehrenreich, which at least counters a few of movies where a 50 year old male lead is opposite a 29 year old female love interest.

  3. Kevin says:

    Hope she’ll survive until the final season of GoT. Either someone can ride on a dragon and/or the Millennium Falcon.

  4. Jack says:

    Maybe Ahsoka Tano? Not sure how her and Han Solo would cross paths but the timeline would work. She looks the part somehow.

  5. Zee says:

    She’ll ruin this movie the way she ruined genysis! She’s very stillted and boring in anything not GoT!!

  6. Steve F. says:

    Any Expanded Universe fans getting the Bria Tharen vibe from Emilia’s casting? (She was Han’s first love and died supporting the Rebellion, if memory serves correctly.)

  7. liame says:

    She’s not the female lead.