Emilia Clarke is the latest addition to the standalone movie set in a galaxy far, far away.
It has just been announced that Game of Thrones star, Emilia Clarke, is set to join the upcoming Han Solo movie. She will be joining Alden Ehrenreich, who will portray the eponymous hero, and Donald Glover, who will play Lando Calrissian.
StarWars.com didn’t give out full details about Clarke’s role in the film except that she, like all the other actresses who auditioned for the movie, had to go through a grueling process of getting the much-coveted role.
Other actresses who vied for the role were Tessa Thompson, Zoe Kravitz, Naomi Scott, Jessica Henwick, and Kiersey Clemons.
Clarke, 30, is best known for portraying Daenerys Targaryen, a character in HBO’s fantasy series Game of Thrones.
In the previous season, Clarke’s character was last seen leaving Mereen, the city that she saved from slave-owning tyrants, and she was heading towards Westeros to finally reclaim her throne from the Lannisters.
Clarke’s time with the show is nearing its end, as is most of the cast, because according to reports, Game of Thrones will finally close its curtain after Season 8.
Season 7 is set to air sometime in 2017 and instead of HBO launching it in April or May, as they did with the previous seasons, David Benioff, the showrunner of the series, said that they will release the series much later.
Benioff explained that the decision to push back the premiere of Game of Thrones is due to the setting in the upcoming story.
Benioff went on a UFC Unfiltered podcast and said that the upcoming setting of Game of Thrones is already set in winter, so it wouldn’t make sense to them to keep filming scenes when it is still summer out.
The showrunner said that they needed more dark clouds and gray skies to set the mood for the seventh season of Game of Thrones, which is why they filmed most of their scenes when the weather was cooler.
As for Clarke, her character is set to create more alliances in the upcoming season.
According to Harper’s Bazaar, Daenerys and Jon Snow (Kit Harington) will finally meet in the upcoming season, which is much more poignant this time because of certain revelations that came out in the open in the previous season.
In Season 6, it was revealed that Jon Snow is actually Lyanna Stark’s son and his father is Rhaegar Targaryen making Daenerys his aunt.
Fans are excited to see the two Targaryens finally meeting and they are more excited because it seems that Daenerys’ allies are growing in number, giving her an advantage in unseating Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) from the Iron Throne.
Despite the show nearing its end, Clarke seems to have a full plate on her hands and not just with the standalone Han Solo movie.
Earlier in 2014, Emilia Clarke was reported to have joined fellow Game of Thrones‘ cast member Charles Dance, and star of The King’s Speech, Helena Bonham Carter, for the film, The Guns of August.
In the film, Clarke will play Violet Asquith, who was a real-life British politician at the time of the First World War. Surprisingly, Clarke’s character is Helena Bonham Carter’s grandmother and Carter will play Margot Asquith, her step-great grandmother.
Aside from that, Clarke will also join Boardwalk Empire and Ben-Hur star Jack Huston in a film adaptation of Joe Sharkey’s Above Suspicion.
The film will be directed by Philip Noyce (The Bone Collector, The Quiet American, and Salt) and Clarke will play a drug addict who falls in love with Huston’s character — an FBI agent investigating a drug ring in Kentucky.
As for Clarke’s involvement in the standalone Han Solo movie, few details have emerged about her role.
According to StarWars.com she will play the female lead role in the film, but they didn’t specify if she will be the young Han Solo’s love interest or rival space pirate. The yet to be named Han Solo film will be released on May 25, 2018.
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