Actor Michael K. Williams, who departed the young Han Solo standalone film after the the directorial change to Ron Howard due to reshoot scheduling conflicts, reveals in a Vanity Fair featured piece that Emilia Clarke will be playing a character named Kira in the 2018 film.
Williams had already filmed all of his scenes as a new character to the universe—“a link between Han Solo and Emilia’s character, Kira”—when Lucasfilm suddenly announced in June that it was replacing directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller with Ron Howard. The shake-up meant that Williams would need to re-shoot his scenes so that the anticipated spin-off could still meet its 2018 release date.
If you recall, the name “Kira” was being used during the early development of The Force Awakens, presumably for the character of Rey played by Daisy Ridley.
We learned earlier this year that Woody Harrelson will be playing a character named Beckett in the standalone film to go along with Alden Ehrenreich’s Han, Donald Glover’s Lando, and Joonas Suotamo’s Chewbacca.
Lucasfilm has yet to officially announce the Beckett and Kira names for the young Han Solo characters.