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19 Nov 2016

Emilia Clarke joins Star Wars Han Solo spin-off film

British actress Emilia Clarke, famous for her role of Daenerys Targaryen in HBO's TV series Game of Thrones, was announced as the female lead of the as yet untitled Star Wars Han Solo spin-off film, set for release in 2018.

Clarke will join Alden Ehrenreich, who will play Han Solo, and Donald Glover, who will play Lando Calrissian.

In context

From Westeros to a galaxy far, far away

Emilia Clarke's role in the Star Wars film

"Clarke's role will round out a dynamic cast of characters that Han and Chewie will encounter on their adventures," the official website of the Star Wars franchise, StarWars.com said.

The story

The basic plot of the Han Solo spin-off film

The untitled Star Wars spin-off will be set before the events of the original 1977 Star Wars film, which was later renamed to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope.

The movie will trace the adventures of famous Star Wars character Han Solo, and Lando Calrissian, in their formative years when they become space smugglers and "scoundrels on the rise".

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The earnings of the last Star Wars movie

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, released in December 2015, made more than $2 billion worldwide, contributing to Walt Disney Studios' biggest-ever year in the global box office. Analysts have backed Star Wars: Rogue One, scheduled for release in December 2016, to dominate the box office.

Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes of the Han Solo spin-off film

This spin-off standalone film in the Star Wars franchise will be co-produced by Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy, and filming is expected to begin around January 2017.

The movie will be directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller - the people behind films like Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009), The Lego Movie (2014), 21 Jump Street (2012) and 22 Jump Street (2014).

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