The Star Wars standalone film about the early days of Han Solo has added a formidable presence from Westeros to its cast.
Disney and Lucasfilm announced over the weekend that Emilia Clarke has joined the cast of the untitled Han Solo prequel, alongside the previously recruited Alden Ehrenreich (Han) and Donald Glover (Lando Calrissian). The nature of her role was not disclosed, save for the fact that she will "round out a dynamic cast of characters that Han and Chewie will encounter on their adventures."
Clarke, of course, is best known to the public as Daenerys Targaryen, heir to the Targaryen dynasty, mother of dragons and would-be successor to the Iron Throne on HBO's Game of Thrones, a role for which she has been nominated for an Emmy three times. She also played a young Sarah Connor in 2015's dud Terminator: Genisys.
Clarke reportedly won the part in the Han Solo film over Tessa Thompson, Zoe Kravitz and Naomi Scott, all of whom were said to be testing for the same female lead. According to Slashfilm, there has been speculation that the character is Sana Starros, an associate of Han's who at one point posed as his wife as part of a scam. Sana was introduced in the ongoing Star Wars comics last year; taking a character from the comics and making her a major player in a film would be the first move of its kind within the Star Wars universe.
The untitled Han Solo movie, helmed by directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, is set for release in 2018. Whoever she ends up playing, do you think Clarke is a solid addition to the cast?