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GAME OF THRONES’ Emilia Clarke Joins the HAN SOLO STAR WARS Film

There’s a three-headed dragon running rampant inside our hearts and minds right now because Mhysa, the stormborn badass of Westeros and Essos herself, Daenerys Targaryen—otherwise known as actress Emilia Clarke—is joining the standalone Han Solo film. Game of Thrones meets Star Wars? THIS IS SERIOUS, you guys! (Seriously exciting!)


The news came late Friday evening, because Disney loves to confirm major news at the end of a long week. And though there are literally zero details as to what her role might be—don’t worry we’re going to speculate wildly—we’re deeply excited about this development and are going on record with the opinion that this is going to be the most fun Star Wars movie, ever. Why? Well, because Clarke joins a seriously exciting cast of actors in the Phil Lord and Chris Miller-helmed film, which stars Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover as Han Solo and Lando Calrissian, respectively.

Our hope is that Clarke will play a seriously regal villain with a knack for manipulation (and now, we don’t think she’s playing Sana Starros). I can totally imagine her going deeply toe-to-toe with Ehrenreich’s Solo with a lot of snarky banter.

Besides: homegirl clearly knows how to run the world.


Set before the original Star Wars trilogy, the untitled Han Solo movie is set for release in 2018. Are you excited for Clarke joining the film? Have any thoughts on who she might play? Let us know in the comments below.

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Alicia Lutes is the Managing Editor of Nerdist and creator/co-host of Fangirling! Find her freaking out about literally everything (it’s her way) on Twitter.

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