About that Han Solo casting: who will Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke play?

Call it a “tremor in the force.” Ever since Disney announced plans to go ahead with a solo Han Solo project, reaction has been mixed. Harrison Ford’s advice for any would-be smugglers was simply, “Don’t do it.”

Yet apparently every every young actor in Hollywood wanted the role that eventually went to Alden Ehrenreich. OK, Princess Leia would say he’s a bit short for a stormtrooper nerf herder, but here he is in Hail, Caesar!

Impressive, most impressive…

After directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller landed the popular choice of Donald Glover for Lando, they added none other than Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke to the cast.

There is another…British brunette 

If you’ve never seen Emilia Clarke without her platinum wig, you might not have realized she’s actually a totally adorable brunette.  In fact, there’s been a crazy backlash over another dark-haired British actress following Daisy Ridley and Felicity Jones into the franchise.

Unsurprisingly we know little about her role yet, with the press release stating only that she will “round out a dynamic cast of characters Han and Chewie will encounter on their adventures.”

According to Variety she’s the female lead, meaning we can rule out pre-Original Trilogy Leia, who meets Han for the first time in A New Hope. Some say it could be Sana Starros from the Marvel comics, but if you check the character’s Wookieepedia page, it’s unlikely that’s the route they’d take with Clarke.

Lord and Miller apparently passed over Jessica Henwick (the tall, beautiful Sand Snake on GoT), Adria Arjona, Kiersey Clemons, Zoë Kravitz, Naomi Scott and Tessa Thompson.

I wonder what made Clarke attractive for the studio, other than the fact she has a starring role in arguably the most popular TV show around. I’ve been following the careers of the GoT crowd and there’s been a real push to make Clarke HAPPEN.

Her Broadway attempt (Breakfast at Tiffany’s) was roundly panned, but I’m still probably alone in thinking that the Mother Of Dragons is a very tricky role that Clarke has never quite nailed. She tends to fall back on blank stoicism and creepy smirks. Or in the case of the romantic weepie Me Before You, super super-expressiveness.

Perhaps it was her work in Terminator Genisys that dazzled the studio. I wouldn’t be surprised if her Solo character is some sort of cutesy bounty hunter/all-round bad ass with cool one-liners who shows the boys how it’s done.

Lord and Miller said Ehrenreich underwent an “audition pentathlon” to secure the role as Chewie’s best pal, and after the disastrous prequel-era casting, Star Wars execs are probably being very cautious.

Surely they couldn’t make a misstep with characters and hiring at this point?!

Let me know what you think of the way the Han Solo movie is shaping up. Are you a fan of Emilia’s acting? Which GoT star do you think will have the biggest career?

Header photo: Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones. HBO

3 thoughts on “About that Han Solo casting: who will Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke play?

  1. raistlin0903

    Well…I have mixed feelings about this too. Han Solo is Harrison Ford. I can’t see any other actor in that role. It’s pretty much the same as in Indiana Jones. Then again we had the Indiana Jones Chronicles, featuring the young Indy. And ofcourse Ewan McGregor played a great Obi Wan Kenobi. That said though, I don’t know about this one. Let’s first see how Rogue One will turn out first 😀

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    1. Lindsay Acland Post author

      I keep forgetting Rogue One hasn’t happened yet… It is the biggest risk Lucasfilm have taken, but it’s one of the best casts Star Wars has ever had, and no matter what, nothing can be worse than the prequels right? With Solo, I think the character is so loved and associated with Ford, there’s been a bigger sense of “do we really need this” than with R1.

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      1. raistlin0903

        Yes, I completely agree with you. I have heard plans say that after Episode 9, there will be no more trilogy movies. Only stand alone films. I really hope that won’t be true….But as with all things, there are just so many rumours, probably not all of them are true. As for Rogue One, the countdown is on. I am looking forward to it, and hope it will be worth the wait 😀

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