Who Will Join Han Solo In New Star Wars?

By October 6, 2016


Anyone still old enough to remember when years (like a lot of them) separated Star Wars movies? If only Disney had bought Lucasfilm a long time before.

The painfully slow casting process to cast the young Han Solo spin-off film has finally bore some fruit. Variety says the list of actresses Lucasfilm is testing to star alongside its choice for Solo, Alden Ehrenreich, is now down to three. And it’s a good mix of familiar and new names all vying to jump onboard the multi-billion-dollar franchise for a character that is apparently a closely guarded secret.

Zoe Kravitz

You’d think having famous parents would make a path through Hollywood easier. But then again, we’re talking about Hollywood.

kravtiz100616The daughter of singer Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet, Zoe Kravitz has had to prove she belongs in front of the camera. And she’s done that … and then some.

After appearing in a string of forgettable films early in her career, Kravitz got her break when she was cast as the recurring character Pearl in David Duchovny’s racy dramedy Californication. That immediately put her in the spotlight for a number of higher-profile roles, including films that have attracted audiences Lucasfilm will seek for the Han Solo flick. Outings like X-Men: First ClassDivergent, and more recently, the critically acclaimed Mad Max: Fury Road.

Kravitz continues to stake claim in various other franchises as well, including a big step into the universe of Harry Potter with what is said to be a quick role in this year’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them only to possibly see that expand big time for the proposed sequel in 2018.

Naomi Scott

scott100616Breaking out onto the scene almost the same time as Kravitz is Naomi Scott, who got her first major break as part of the short-lived (but high-budget) Fox series Terra Nova. A few short years later, she was back in the spotlight (well kind of) with a small role in the Matt Damon sleeper hit The Martian, playing a character named Ryoko.

The Martian, by the way, also featured former Community star Donald Glover, rumored to be playing a young Lando Calrissian in the new film, a role originally portrayed by Billy Dee Williams.

Her career is getting a significant nudge more recently after she was cast as Kimberly Hart (the Pink Ranger) in Ashley Miller’s big screen adaptation of Power Rangers.

Tessa Thompson

Of the three on the short list, it’s quite possible that while Tessa Thompson’s name might not be totally familiar to you, her past work certainly is.

thompson100616Thompson plays Charlotte Hale in the new HBO series Westworld, a character that (at as of the premiere episode this past weekend) we haven’t really had a chance to meet quite and explore quite yet. But if Westworld is indeed HBO’s next Game of Thrones, Thompson could become a household name like Peter Dinklage, Kit Harrington and Emilia Clarke.

Yet Thompson is not just getting her break with Westworld. It seems she was finding success all the way back to the beginning of her career in 2005 when she was cast as Jackie Cook in a recurring role on Veronica Mars. That led to a strong character actor career spanning shows like Grey’s AnatomyPrivate Practice and even NBC’s Heroes.

She also played Diane Nash in the Oscar-nominated biopic Selma, as well as Bianca in the Rocky Balboa spin-off Creed.

Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller still have plenty of time to make a decision not only for this character, but a number of others, including Calrissian. Filming isn’t even set to start until early 2017 well after the latest spin-off Star Wars film, Rogue One, hits theaters.

Kravitz, Scott and Thompson all traveled to London this past week to read for the role, and a decision on which one ultimately lands the role could still be weeks away, Variety adds.

The Han Solo film is scheduled to hit theaters in May 2018.

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Michael Hinman

Michael Hinman

Managing Editor at GeekNation
Michael began what has become nearly 19 years of entertainment reporting as the founder of SyFy Portal, which would become Airlock Alpha after he sold the SyFy brand to NBC Universal. He's based out of New York City where he is the editor of a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper in the Bronx.