Six years ago, Emilia Clarke burst into popular consciousness during the first season of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Her character, Daenerys Targaryen, began as a naive and submissive young woman who soon emerged as a far stronger personality than might have been anticipated.
Throughout the course of the series, Daenerys has overcome one setback after another, rising to become a powerful ruling force. In concert with her character, Clarke has risen from relative obscurity to immense popularity over the past few years.
She has been quite selective about the movies in which she’s appeared since the series hit it big, starting with supporting roles in Spike Island and Dom Hemingway before she landed a starring role as Sarah Connor in Terminator Genisys (above left). The movie received mixed reviews, but Clarke was outstanding as an action badass. More recently, she starred in the romantic drama Me Before You (above right), which became a surprise hit.
Now she’s ready for what may be her greatest challenge yet. Clarke will join Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo and Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian in an untitled movie, set in the Star Wars universe. The official announcement says: “Clarke’s role will round out a dynamic cast of characters that Han and Chewie will encounter on their adventures.”
We know that the movie will take place before Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, though we don’t know much more than that, other than the fact that Chewbacca will be along for the ride. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie) will direct, based on a script by Lawrence Kasdan and Jon Kasdan.
Clarke is finishing up work on the seventh season of Game of Thrones. Production on the Han Solo movie is expected to begin in January; it’s scheduled for release on May 25, 2018.