31-year old English actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge could very well be swapping the small screen for the biggest of big screens. With the Fleabag star in talks to join the yet to be titled Han Solo spinoff. Having earned a start on an episode of Doctors in 2009, along with a stage performance for Roaring Trade, Waller-Bridge could be on the verge of embarking on a very different role.
The part would be a heavily CGI-driven performance. But, rather than being a neglected and maligned role, she would be as prominent as the likes of K-2SO, C-3PO or even Chewbacca. Waller-Bridge is in negotiations to portray the untitled character, where she would link up with Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson and Emilia Clarke among many others.
Details Still Under Lock and Key
With the December 15, 2017 release of Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi gearing towards another epic addition to the franchise, including Instagram posts by the Disney CEO to showcase small snippets, the untitled Han Solo project is remaining fairly sensitive to spoilers. Kathleen Kennedy and Allison Shearmur are working feverishly behind the scenes. All while producers as Alden Ehrenreich attempts to do the impossible by filling Harrison Ford's sizeable shoes.
Hitting theaters on May 25, 2018, all parties should rest easy knowing that the first ever spinoff of the series in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story managed to surpass the $1b mark. While also winning over critics to boot. In the event that Phoebe Waller-Bridge joins the cast in earnest, it will be a fair change of pace from productions like Drifters and Broadchurch.
Figures For Fans As Star Wars Turns 40
Lasting for a mammoth four decades in cinema, the folks at Hasbro have decided to launch a new series of action figures at the New York Toy Fair this year. Besides a cash grab, it is also good reason to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the franchise. Starting back in 1977 with Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, icons including Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Han Solo and Chewbacca have been encapsulated in toy form for all this time and now the creators are looking to transition to current day heroes and villains.
The announcement from the company came only hours after doing likewise for a new set of Marvel action figures, coinciding with the upcoming releases of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War. The majority of fans will likely stick to the movies, but these are handy additions for the younger generation, or at least those young at heart.