Due to Lucasfilm’s secrecy surrounding the project, little is known about the upcoming Star Wars spinoff focusing on Han Solo. Sure, we know the titular smuggler is in it as well as his BFF Chewbacca and frenemy Lando Calrissian, but not much else.
We might have just learned the movie’s official title, and in the wake of Michael K. Williams’ character being cut from the finished film, we now know who Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke will be playing in the spinoff.
While discussing his character with Vanity Fair, Williams revealed his character was “a link between Han Solo and Emilia’s character, Kira.”
Given the involvement of screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, the name ‘Kira’ is not surprising.
The Art of The Force Awakens book reveals concept pieces of main character Rey who was previously referred to as ‘Kira’ before her name was finalized. Kasdan co-wrote Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so reusing the name here isn’t all that unlikely.
But Making Star Wars added another wrinkle to the saga when they reported their sources on set said the name is actually spelled ‘Kura,’ though it's pronounced similarly. They said they were waiting for a more information before reporting, but Williams spilling the beans to Vanity Fair might be the confirmation they were looking for.
It’s not much, but that is now two new characters we know about regarding the Han Solo spinoff movie.
Woody Harrelson previously revealed that he’d be playing Han Solo’s mentor-type character in the movie named ‘Beckett’ and he surprisingly didn’t get tossed out of the Lucasfilm airlock for his slip.
Williams is in a bit of a different situation however. He’s already being cut from the film because he cannot make reshoots. What else can they do? Fire him?
The Han Solo spinoff is scheduled to hit theaters May 25, 2018.
Set prior to the events of Han Solo’s first appearance in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, the film stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Joonas Suotamo. The film is said to show how Han Solo and Chewbacca first met Lando Calrissian, played by Glover.