The Star Wars secrecy is keeping Emilia Clarke mostly quiet, but she still can say her character in Han Solo will be awesome. For a character as beloved as Han Solo, his prequel/origin story has gone through some tumultuous times recently. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are no longer directing due to "creative differences" or being fired, depending on which story you read. But Ron Howard has been brought in to pilot the next anthology film to success and hopefully the good graces of fans and critics across the world.
Despite the problems that Lucasfilm previously experienced, Howard has the luxury of a talented cast to try and get Han Solo to where it needs to be. Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke is part of this ensemble and even with the film going through an unprecedented shake-up, she promises that he character will still come out great.
Clarke spoke to Rolling Stone about her entire career and was of course asked her about her chapter in a galaxy far, far away. It should come as no surprise that Clarke is tight-lipped because of the secrecy surrounding the project, but she is still able to tease the potential greatness of her character.
All I can say is that she's awesome. Like, legit, that's all I can actually get away with saying. There's a stormtrooper with a gun, and he's going to come walking in any second.
While the roles of Alden Ehrenreich as Han and Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian have been confirmed from the start, only Woody Harrelson has been able to confirm who he is playing. The rest of the cast, including Clarke, have not said much of anything about how they are involved. Rumors from earlier this year link Clarke to playing a character named Val, but no other details on her character have come to light.
The secrecy of Star Wars should be nothing new for Clarke after her experiences with Game of Thrones for HBO, but she says this is a totally different animal. She's gone so far to say she is more scared of letting Star Wars secrets out than talking Game of Thrones spoilers. With filming set to continue throughout the summer due to the director change, it is very possible Lucasfilm and Disney keep Han Solo on the sidelines for D23 - where it was previously thought it would have a large presence and possibly confirm characters identities. Now, we'll just have to wait even longer, and should not expect much of anything to come out from Clarke or her co-stars.
Source: Rolling Stone
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