The Star Wars Hans Solo movie is now on the hunt for a lead star.
The role calls for a woman but the details of the character remain under wraps. Thus far, three names are said to be the top choices for the role – Tessa Thompson, Zoë Kravitz and Naomi Scott. Apparently, all three have tested in London to play the character.
Is the iconic Han Solo role going to be played by a woman? Not quite. The role will be the lead female character in the movie, not Han Solo. Actor Alden Ehrenreich will still be playing the titular role in the spinoff movie.
Vanity Fair cited some speculations that it could be a new character or it might be Sana Starros. The character was the romantic interest of Solo, who was introduced in the Star Wars comic books.
Harrison Ford played the iconic Han Solo role in several Star Wars movies including the most recent Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The Han Solo standalone movie will be based on the character’s origin story. It would take place between Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005).
What do we know about the three frontrunners for the lead role in the forthcoming Star Wars movie?
She appeared in hit movie Creed and in indie project Dear White People. She played Jackie Cook on the TV series Veronica Mars and as a civil rights activist in critically acclaimed movie Selma. Thompson’s acting skills will be seen once again in Marvel’s upcoming Thor: Ragnorak as Valkyrie.
She is the daughter of actress Lisa Bonet and musician Lenny Kravitz. You will remember her in Mad Max: Fury Road, the Divergent series, After Earth and X-Men: First Class. Kravitz will also appear in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. She previously dated her X-Men: First Class co-star Michael Fassbender in 2011. Kravitz is the stepdaughter of Aquaman actor Jason Momoa, who married her mother in 2007.
Scott starred in Steven Spielberg-produced TV show Terra Nova in 2011. You will see her fighting skills in the upcoming Power Rangers reboot as Kimberly/Pink Ranger.
Meanwhile, Star Wars writer Lawrence Kasdan earlier confirmed that the movie will start filming in January 2017.