Thandie Newton Joins “Han Solo” Movie, Adds Diversity to “Star Wars” Spinoff

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Hot off the first season of HBO’s Westworld, is nearing a deal to join the HAN SOLO standalone movie that and are directing for Disney and , the Tracking Board has confirmed.

When I first started the Han Solo movie, I was told there were roles for at least one if not two actresses of color. Then beat out and , among many others, for the female lead, and I was a little confused. Earlier this week, (Fleabag) was cast as an unknown CGI character — who I’m told will be the first significantly- featured (sorry TC-14!) female droid in Star Wars history — and again, more confusion. Those two, plus in The Force Awakens and in Rogue One? That’s a lot of British brunettes!

Thankfully, that initial confusion is being cleared up with Newton’s . I’m not sure what character she’ll be playing, but it’s unlikely she’ll be Han Solo’s wife given the age difference between the actress and .

Newton joins an ensemble that includes and , in addition to Ehrenreich, Clarke and Waller-Bridge.

and are producing Han Solo, which like Rogue One, takes place before the original Star Wars. The prequel/spinoff will hit theaters on May 25, 2018.

Newton earned a Golden Globe nomination and two SAG Award nominations for her turn in Westworld. She has balanced blockbusters such as Mission: Impossible II with Best Picture fare like Crash. The actress is represented by WME, Untitled Entertainment and Independent Talent Group.

Variety broke the news.

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