Tessa Thompson (Creed), Zoe Kravitz (Divergent), and Naomi Scott (Power Rangers) are currently on the shortlist for the female lead in Lucasfilm’s Han Solo-centric Star Wars spinoff. The filmmakers and Lucasfilm are searching for both the female lead and the actor who will portray Lando Calrissian, the suave gambler played in the original trilogy by Billy Dee Williams.
The as-yet-untitled film is due out on May 25, 2018, and will focus on Solo as a young man. The official logline: “The story focuses on how young Han Solo became the smuggler, thief, and scoundrel whom Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina at Mos Eisley.”
Original Star Wars trilogy scribe Lawrence Kasdan, who also co-wrote the script for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will co-write the Solo spinoff with his son, Jon Kasdan.
Thompson is currently in production for Thor: Ragnarok, the third installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise, and she recently wrapped Annihilation, directed by Alex Garland. In addition to these two major projects, Thompson is also a lead in HBO’s Westworld series.
Kravitz has starred in major motion picture films such as No Reservations, The Brave One, X-Men: First Class, Dope, and Yelling to the Sky. Last year, she starred in Mad Max: Fury Road, which was nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, and recently returned to her role as Christina in The Divergent Series: Allegiant, the third movie in the franchise. Kravitz is also set to star opposite Kate McKinnon and Scarlett Johansson in the comedy Rock That Body, and will be starring in feature thriller, Gemini, alongside John Cho. In 2018, she will also star in the Warner Bros Harry Potter spinoff, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and will star in sci-fi action thriller Kin, directed by Jonathan and Josh Baker.