From Thrones to Star Wars spin-off

The Sun (Malaysia) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

FROM the mys­ti­cal land of Wes­teros to a galaxy far, far away, Bri­tish ac­tress Emilia Clarke ( be­low) 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 the younger 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, spin-off 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 US$2 bil­lion (RM8.86 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. – AFPRe­laxnews

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