Thrones star Emilia Clarke joins 'Star Wars' spin-off

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

From the mys­ti­cal land of Wes­teros to a galaxy far, far away-Bri­tish ac­tress Emilia Clarke has been an­nounced as the fe­male lead in the "Star Wars" Han Solo spin-off. Clarke, 30, who plays flaxen-haired war­rior queen Daen­erys Tar­garyen in "Game of Thrones," joins Alden Ehren­re­ich and Don­ald Glover, who have al­ready been an­nounced as Han and Lando Cal­ris­sian on the project. "Clarke's role will round out a dy­namic cast of char­ac­ters that Han and Chewie will en­counter on their ad­ven­tures," StarWars.com, the fran­chise's of­fi­cial web­site, said in a state­ment. Like "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,'" which comes out next month, the new, as yet un­ti­tled, spinoff will be set be­fore the fran­chise's orig­i­nal 1977 film, "Star Wars," which was later re­named "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope."

Lu­cas­film boss and Hol­ly­wood vet­eran Kath­leen Kennedy is co-pro­duc­ing the stand­alone film, which is ex­pected to be­gin film­ing in Jan­uary, ac­cord­ing to Va­ri­ety mag­a­zine. It will be di­rected by Phil Lord and Christo­pher Miller, the team be­hind "Cloudy with a Chance of Meat­balls (2009), "The Lego Movie" and the "Jump Street" films (2012 and 2014). It is set for re­lease in the United States on May 25, 2018. Last year's "Star Wars: The Force Awak­ens" made more than $2 bil­lion world­wide-much of it in 2016 - con­tribut­ing to Walt Dis­ney Stu­dios mark­ing its biggest-ever year at the global box of­fice. The spin-off films are not ex­pected to be as big as the main series but an­a­lysts have backed "Rogue One" to dom­i­nate this year's box of­fice. — AFP

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