We may still be waiting with bated breath to see if the Mother of Dragons will take her seat upon the Iron Throne, but could she also be getting ready to settle down on one of geek fandom’s other most iconic chairs? Daenerys Targaryen herself, Emilia Clarke, could be set for a place in the cockpit of the Millenium Falcon, having joined the cast of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s upcoming Han Solo prequel.
Despite initial scepticism, the as-yet-untitled Star Wars anthology film has been winning people over by assembling an impressive cast in time for the cameras to start rolling in January. With Alden Ehrenreich as the main man and Donald Glover stepping in as fellow smuggler Lando Calrissian, Clarke will certainly be in good company. Disney has said nothing specific about her role, other than that she’ll be one of many dynamic characters Han and Chewbacca encounter on their adventure.
Clarke will be hoping her Star Wars debut goes a little smoother than her last appearance in a major sci-fi series, with Terminator Genisys proving to be a major flop with audiences and critics alike. Her most recent big screen appearance was in romance drama Me Before You, and she’ll likely be broadening her horizons even further in the next few years as Game of Thrones draws to a close.
Despite the casting news, it’s unlikely we’ll hear anything too substantial regarding the plot of Lord and Miller’s first Star Wars film until later in 2017, with all the focus right now on the impending release of Rogue One. Based on when Disney got the ball rolling on marketing for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we might expect to see something on next year’s Episode XIII before Christmas as well.
What would seem safe to assume is that Clarke’s character will be a completely new name. Princess Leia and Mon Mothma were the only females we saw in the galaxy during the original trilogy’s timeline, and she’s certainly not either of them. Unless she’s capable of showing some truly remarkable range, we don’t think she’ll be playing a young Grand Moff Tarkin, either.
Disney has its second Star Wars anthology film pencilled in for release on May 25, 2018.