Whoa. Talk about a stratospheric rise: Just months after the brilliant Fleabag debuted on Amazon, and a matter of weeks since she stepped into the showrunning shoes for new BBC America show Killing Eve, Phoebe Waller-Bridge is already being tapped by Hollywood.
And not just for any Hollywood movie either, but one of the biggest of 2018. Variety reports the British star is in talks for a “key role” in the new Han Solo spin-off movie.
So, will she be playing a Star Wars heroine like fellow badass Brits Daisy Ridley and Felicity Jones? Not exactly.
But if the reports turn out to be true, Phoebe’s role will still be a “significant part of the ensemble” that’s fleshed out using CGI, meaning she would spend most of her time on set in one of those bodysuits covered in ping pong balls. (That’s the technical term, promise.)
Most likely that means she’ll be playing a Star Wars alien or a hapless droid, a la Peter Mayhew‘s Chewbacca, or K-2SO played by Alan Tudyk in Rogue One, or that original gold-plated fusspot, C-3PO, played in 1977’s Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope by Anthony Daniels.
Of course the long lineage of Star Wars comic characters also includes a certain J** J** B****, but the less said about that character the better.
Phoebe would join a cast whose star wattage has increased exponentially since it was announced last year that Alden Ehrenreich would play the young Han Solo. Also starring in the next Star Wars spin-off will be Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke, and onetime True Detective muse Woody Harrelson, though exactly what role each will play is still firmly under wraps. We do know, however, that Atlanta’s Donald Glover will be playing a younger Lando Calrissian.
The as-yet-untitled film is set after the events of Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, and outlines what happened to turn Han into the space smuggler in the employ of Jabba the Hut that we first encountered in the Cantina in Episode IV – A New Hope.
There’s still plenty of time to speculate how Phoebe’s role will fit in — Cameras may have started rolling last month, but the film won’t be opening in theaters until May 25, 2018.
Can you imagine Phoebe in Han’s home world of Corellia?