'Han Solo' Movie Recruits Amazon Star Phoebe Waller-Bridge For Key Role

'Han Solo' Movie Recruits Amazon Star Phoebe Waller-Bridge For Key Role

By Robert Dougherty Feb 09, 2017 09:08 AM
Photo Credit: Amazon Studios

The young Han Solo movie only has one confirmed actress in Emilia Clarke, but Variety claims it is closing in on a second. Like Clarke, Phoebe Waller-Bridge made her name on television, only on a six-episode Amazon comedy instead of a six-year HBO fantasy epic.

Waller-Bridge earned major critical acclaim as the writer and star of Fleabag this past year, and now Variety reports she is set to take "a key role" in the second Star Wars anthology film. However, Waller-Bridge wouldn't actually show her face, since Variety alleges her character requires "a CGI-driven performance."

This would seem to rule out her character being a human, leaving her likely to be a droid or some kind of alien. Either way, it could mean she is in line to be the latest Star Wars scene-stealing non-human, like BB-8 and K-2SO in The Force Awakens and Rogue One.

With Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover set as young Han and Lando and Woody Harrelson as Han's mentor, Clarke and Waller-Bridge are the only actors in the small cast whose characters haven't been confirmed yet. The fact that they are being this secretive about the only two confirmed female characters so far may be worth noting as well.

Waller-Bridge would be the third new Star Wars star to rise from the world of TV after Clarke and Glover, while Ehrenreich has only just broken out after years of film work. Although Han Solo doesn't quite have a cast of hundreds or even more than a half-dozen quite yet, it is finding its new stars in some unconventional places.

Should Waller-Bridge officially join them, her and her CGI exterior will be seen in theaters with Han Solo no earlier than May 2018.

Tags: Star Wars Anthology: Han Solo (2018), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Star Wars
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