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Emilia Clarke joins Han Solo spin-off

Emilia Clarke joins Han Solo spin-off

Emilia Clarke has been cast in the Han Solo 'Star Wars' movie.

The 'Game of Thrones' actress will star in the upcoming untitled spin-off, featuring Alden Ehrenreich as the hero, Han Solo, the role made famous by Harrison Ford in the original movies.

Clarke's character has not yet been revealed but an announcement on StarWars.com stated: "Emilia Clarke is heading to a galaxy far, far away - and she's going to meet Han and Chewie.

"StarWars.com is excited to announce that Clarke, known for her stirring portrayal of Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, will join the upcoming untitled Han Solo Star Wars movie. Clarke's role will round out a dynamic cast of characters that Han and Chewie will encounter on their adventures.

"Clarke joins Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover - previously cast as Han Solo and Lando Calrissian, respectively - in the highly-anticipated film, which is set prior to the original Star Wars trilogy.

"The untitled Han Solo movie, helmed by directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, is set for release in 2018."

Donald Glover was recently cast as Lando Calrissian, "a scoundrel on the rise in the galaxy's underworld".

Meanwhile, despite creating a movie that expands on a pre-existing character, cinematographer Bradford Young is impressed with how little Lucasfilm have interfered with the ideas process.

He said: "We're doing our own thing, that's why we're there. Phil and Chris are there to bring what they bring to their films, their very unique vision, their perspective on story and they asked me to come bring what I bring, and so just for that it won't feel like any of the other films. And nobody at Lucasfilm is asking us to betray that, they're saying 'We're in full support of what you do and we wanna make sure that we're able to help you do it in the best way.' It's gonna feel like a 'Star Wars' film, but we're definitely gonna break some rules, and we're encouraged to do that."