On Friday night Lucasfilm announced that Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke would be joining the cast of another hugely successful franchise – that galaxy far, far away in Disney’s upcoming young Han Solo standalone film. Variety provides us with a bit of information on how Clarke’s audition for the film eventually ended with her landing a role in the movie, mentioning that she was chosen by Lucasfilm over the group of actresses that included Tessa Thompson, Zoe Kravitz, and Naomi Scott who were all reportedly being looked at as potential lead cast members back in October.
Clarke will star opposite Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover, who play Solo and fellow smuggler Lando Calrissian, respectively.
All three leads endured grueling testing sessions for the standalone pic. The tests date back to the beginning of the year when thousands of actors first began meeting and reading for the role of the title character that Ehrenreich eventually nabbed.
“Selma” and “Creed” star Tessa Thompson, “Power Rangers” actress Naomi Scott, and Zoe Kravitz read for the female lead in October. Another group, which included Clarke, “Dope’s” Kiersey Clemons, fellow “Thrones” actress Jessica Henwick, and “Emerald City” star Adria Arjona tested in London. Clarke ultimately landed the role.