So far, all we know about the young Han Solo Star Wars spinoff movie is that Alden Ehrenreich will be the one stepping into Harrison Ford’s shoes as the grumpy nerf herder. But now news arrives of the female actors looking to snag a lead role.
According to Variety, Tessa Thompson (Creed), Zoe – daughter of Lenny – Kravitz, and Naomi Scott (soon to be Pink Ranger in the upcoming Power Rangers reboot) have all screen tested for the mysterious role, which, given it’s set before a New Hope, is unlikely to be a young Princess Leia. Sorry, Star Wars fans.
In other casting news, Donald Glover is still the frontrunner to play Han’s buddy, and one-time Judas, Lando Calrissian, with a second round of tests set up in the film’s London production office before an official announcement is made.
Once all the main players are in place, filming is expected to begin early next year on the film – still pithily titled Untitled Hans Solo Star Wars Anthology Film – with Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller at the helm.
It will be the second Star Wars spin-off movie following this year’s Rogue One, which is due out 16 December.
Whatever it ends up being called, the young Hans Solo movie is expected to arrive in theatres in May 2018.