Making a huge splash as Daenerys Targaryen to transcend the small screen, now Emilia Clarke is going into another cult franchise. The HBO star has been cast in the Star Wars spinoff that will follow the adventures of Han Solo. According to THR, the 30-year old British actress has put pen to paper on a deal that will see her feature alongside Han (Alden Ehrenreich), Chewie and Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover).
Rather than leaving a star of the movie to drop a hint on social media, the official Star Wars website made the announcement in the most controlled of mediums.
"StarWars.com is excited to announce that Clarke, known for her stirring portrayal of Daenerys Targaryen in HBO's Game of Thrones, will join the upcoming untitled Han Solo Star Wars movie," they explained. "Clarke’s role will round out a dynamic cast of characters that Han and Chewie will encounter on their adventures."
Nothing Official About Her Character or Plot Details
While it is terrific news for Clarke that she is joining the project, only herself and some behind-the-scenes members of production will have any insight as to her role. Let alone a character name. A handful of actresses are vying to be Solo's love interest in Naomi Scott of Power Rangers fame, Tessa Thompson from Creed, Zoe Kravitz of Divergent and Emerald City's Adria Arjona.
That should eliminate Clarke out of the running in that capacity, but given Solo's flirtatious exploits, who knows what will be in store. Such is the size and scope of the picture. It has two directors in Phil Lord and Christopher Miller as they gear for a 2018 release.
Clarke Should Expect To Fare Better Than Her Terminator Experience
Let's be honest, Terminator Genisys was dead upon arrival. The 2015 sequel/reboot flopped on all counts, reviving an old and weary Arnold Schwarzenegger to tarnish that franchise for good. Clarke's portrayal of Sarah Connor was serviceable, sure. But never had a chance to get anywhere near that of Linda Hamilton's performances in the first two installments.
For her sake, this will be an opportunity to join a series that knows what it is doing and won't be retreading old territory. As Clarke has demonstrated in Game of Thrones, she is a powerful presence on screen. And, if the duo directors utilize her properly, the Han Solo spinoff should be a major hit.