Lucasfilm already has its Han Solo for the upcoming Star Wars anthology film, now it’s time for them to find a leading lady. As casting continues for the untitled film directed by 22 Jump Street helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, reports have emerged naming Tessa Thompson, Naomi Scott, and Zoe Kravitz among the running to co-star with Alden Ehrenreich.
Variety was the first to report the news that this trio tested for the female lead in London this week, and what’s nice is that this is a pretty diverse batch.
Thompson broke through with her performances in Dear White People and Creed, but she already has a good relationship with Lucasfilm’s parent company Disney, as she stars as Valkyrie in Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok. Scott is morphing into the sci-fi blockbuster genre with her role of the Pink Ranger, Kimberly, in the Power Rangers movie reboot. Kravitz, meanwhile, continued her rise since X-Men: First Class with the Divergent series and Mad Max: Fury Road. She’ll be seen next in the Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
It’s unclear which character they tested for, but Variety notes they were a part of a second round of testing after one earlier this summer. Separate reports linked Donald Glover, who’s also part of the Marvel universe with Spider-Man: Homecoming, to testing rounds for a young Lando Calrissian.
Gender and racial diversity have been major points of inclusion for Star Wars, and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy had also said she hopes to have a woman in the director’s chair for future films. Star Wars: The Force Awakens introduced a new generation to Rey (Daisy Ridley), a Luke Skywalker-esque character, while this December will see Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) leading a swat team of Rebel forces on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star.
Though we know nothing about this new mysterious character for the Han Solo prequel, we know she’ll be a formidable force. She’ll have to be if she’s going toe-to-toe with the wise-cracking smuggler. An announcement could be coming in a couple weeks.