Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller began production on their young Han Solo anthology film at the end of January, and though the cameras are rolling, the duo is still working on filling some key supporting roles. The main quartet of Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, and Woody Harrelson (plus Chewbacca) has been set for a while, but lately some more names have become attached to the project. Just last week, it was reported Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Westworld actress Thandie Newton were in line for parts in Han Solo, though their involvement was never confirmed by Disney or Lucasfilm.
In Waller-Bridge's case, she was supposedly going to portray the first main female droid in the Star Wars films via motion-capture, joining the ranks of BB-8 and K-2SO as a new robot that would (hopefully) steal viewers' hearts. While fans were pleased and excited to learn of this new CGI character, it sounds like any deal with Waller-Bridge has not been finalized yet, and she's dismissing it all as speculation.
While attending the NME Awards, Waller-Bridge spoke with Metro UK and was asked about joining the galaxy far, far away. The actress was quick to claim that she's completely in the dark on this front:
"I know nothing! Absolutely nothing. It’s all rumors."
With all the secrecy that surrounds big franchise projects, fans have grown accustomed to filmmakers and actors playing coy, refusing to spill any official details until the studio makes an announcement. That could be what's happening here, as Metro noted Waller-Bridge gave her response with a smile. It's possible she's afraid of violating a non-disclosure agreement by saying something she isn't supposed to. On the other hand, Waller-Bridge could very well be telling the truth; whenever something major like Star Wars is at hand, there is no shortage of rumors. Some of them end up turn out to be factual, but there are those that are false and fade away from memory over time. Fans will have to wait and see what happens in this instance.
Of course, it isn't the most outlandish thing to suggest Han Solo would see a new droid character, seeing how popular the previous android additions were with audiences. Lucasfilm is probably keen on the idea of introducing moviegoers to another droid for numerous reasons (including merchandising), meaning it probably won't be long until some kind of statement is made about this development. For the most part, the studio stays out of Internet speculation (only stepping in for serious issues), but if there is an actress coming on board to play a droid, that can't stay under wraps for long. It's worth noting that Glover hadn't even read the script as early as a couple weeks ago, so there's still plenty of time for pieces to fall into place.
Source: Metro UK
- Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018