The Star Wars franchise is growing in several new and exciting ways since Disney acquired Lucasfilm back in 2012. The most evident manner, of course, is the slate of live-action films that began last year with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The Mouse House’s plan is to release a new installment annually for the foreseeable future, initially alternating between the sequel trilogy in the Skywalker family saga and standalone anthologies. Two spinoffs have been confirmed thus far, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and a young Han Solo movie, which sees Alden Ehrenreich take over the iconic role of the scruffy-looking nerf herder.
Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are aiming to start principal photography on Han Solo in January 2017, which means filling out the supporting cast is a top priority. As rumors swirl about who could be young Lando Calrissian, there’s also the matter of the film’s female lead. Back in August, it was reported that Lucasfilm was specifically searching for a non-white actress to play that role. If the latest update is any indiction, that earlier bit of speculation was correct as the creative team nears a final decision.
Per Variety, Tessa Thompson (Creed), Naomi Scott (Power Rangers), and Zoe Kravitz (Mad Max: Fury Road) screen tested in London this past week for Han Solo‘s female lead. The sources say it could be a couple of weeks until someone is brought on board, as Lord and Miller are obviously taking their time to ensure they have the right woman for the job.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15, 2017, the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25, 2018, Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019, and the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.