Following the official unveiling of Alden Ehrenreich as the lead for the young Han Solo Star Wars anthology film, more details about the spinoff are coming to light. It’s long been confirmed that the iconic smuggler will be fighting alongside his trusted pal Chewbacca once again, and word recently got out that the filmmakers are looking to cast a young Lando Calrissian. Donald Glover is said to be the frontrunner for that role, but has yet to sign on.
The trio of Han, Chewie, and Lando should be fun for fans to watch on the big screen, but they’re hardly the only characters that will appear in the movie. With about five months to go until directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller start rolling the cameras, ironing out the supporting cast is a key priority, and they’re currently in the process of trying to find their female lead.
Per Jeff Sneider (hat tip /Film), the search has been narrowed down to four possible actresses, none of whom are white:
Interesting article. Last I heard, HAN SOLO search for female lead was down to 4 girls... and they weren't white. https://t.co/GTCDqzz1Rs— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) August 10, 2016
Since the Disney acquisition, Lucasfilm has done an admirable job of promoting diversity (an increasingly hot button topic in Hollywood) through their projects. John Boyega and Daisy Ridley were the leads of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, while this December’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story features the likes of Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, and Forest Whittaker (among others) in key roles. It’s nice to see the big budget films of today reflecting the world they’re released to, and there’s no reason why Han Solo should be any different. Since Sneider is vague on the particulars (he doesn’t mention any names), it will be interesting to see who Lucasfilm ultimately goes with for the part.
In their write-up, /Film theorizes the character in question could be Sana Starros, who has been featured in the new canon Star Wars comics. She has a fascinating history with Han, as she posed as his wife for a job they worked on together and believed the two were really married (forging a love triangle between Sana, Han, and Princess Leia). The Star Wars movies haven’t been averse to bringing in players from the other materials (see: Saw Gerrera in Rogue One), so it’s entirely possible Sana appears in a film. However, this is merely one hypothesis and Lord and Miller could have something different planned. As usual, fans will just have to wait and see. If and when a short list is unveiled, a clearer picture will start to emerge.
Some viewers remain skeptical of a young Han Solo prequel, as Harrison Ford became synonymous with the scruffy-looking nerf herder as time went on. However, Lucasfilm has assembled a very talented team for this particular project, aligning Lord and Miller with veteran Star Wars scribe Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jon. A stellar cast is beginning to come together, so chances are Han Solo will be another worthwhile trip to a galaxy far, far away. The studio understands the magnitude of getting these movies “right” and don’t want to let the fans down.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15, 2017, the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25, 2018, Star Wars: Episode IXin 2019, and the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.