If you thought casual viewers had trouble differentiating the new Star Wars movies before, wait till you get a load of this: The Force Awakens’ Daisy Ridley and Rogue One’s Felicity Jones will be joined by Emilia Clarke (Terminator Genisys) in the white-English-brunettes-your-older-relatives-can’t-tell-apart club, when she appears in Phil Lord & Chris Miller’s untitled Han Solo movie.
Clarke presumably beat out the likes of Tessa Thompson, Zoe Kravitz and Naomi Scott, who were all rumored to be auditioning for the film’s female lead. This means that in all likelhood the role will not be Sana Starros from the new, in-continuity comics, unless of course Lucasfilm wants to have a whitewashing PR nightmare on its hands. Much as I’d like to see more women of colour in Star Wars right the hell now, that they seem to be getting a fair shake during the casting process (under the leadership of Disney and Kathleen Kennedy) is a pretty great step, and I trust Lord & Miller implicitly with whomever they decide on.
Clarke joines Alden Ehrenreich’s Han Solo and Donald Glover’s Lando Calrissian in what is turning out to be a fairly exciting cast. My money is on her replacing Peter Mayhew as young Chewbacca. You can pay me when the film comes out in 2018.