UPDATE: New information suggests Enfys Nest is actually a male character. The original article follows.
Alden Ehrenreich's take on Han Solo will face off against a female villain in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Lucasfilm is nearing the release of their next Star Wars installment quickly, and yet, there remains plenty of mystery. Following the well documented (but still just rumored) production troubles, Ron Howard took over and by all indications did a fine job. The first trailer gave fans quite a few glimpses at the ensemble cast, including some of Han's earliest foes.
One of these has since been revealed to be named Enfys Nest. The villain continues a trend of Star Wars foes having very distinct appearances, even if the name doesn't necessarily strike fear. Additional details on Nest revealed the character is tied to Legends, but even more details on her have surfaced.
Star Wars News Net shared new details on Enfys Nest, some that look to be confirmed, and others that are still just rumors. The more concrete part of this comes from a french magazine excerpt. First posted by Thomas Storaï, the excerpt reveals that Nest is in fact a female. Translated to English, it reads: "Enfys Nest, an extremely dangerous marauder, has quickly forged an infamous reputation for herself and her gang of pirates – the Cloud Riders."
— Thomas Storaï (@ThomasStorai) April 6, 2018
Nest being a female antagonist puts her alongside a limited group. She will join Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) as one of the few prominent female villains in Star Wars movies. Fans were disappointed with Phasma's screen time, and that could be the case here too as SWNN reports Nest isn't the film's main villain. She will instead reportedly be involved for part of the movie, which will include her standoff with Han and their fight aboard The Conveyex.
Even though Nest's gender is now known, it still isn't clear who is playing her. SWNN notes rumors of Emerald City's Lily Newmark playing the role, but also report their sources say it's another actress (who is reportedly signed on for sequels) not listed on IMDb. If the latter is true, then it would also eliminate the possibility of Emilia Clarke's Qi'ra or Thandie Newton's unknown character playing the part. If Lucasfilm has been able to keep the identity of Nest a secret this long, it may not be until Solo releases her identity that it is actually confirmed. For those who really want to know, that could come before it actually hits theaters, if the news leaks following Solo's debut at Cannes.
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019