Phoebe Waller-Bridge is in talks to join the cast of the upcoming Han Solo movie, according to Variety. Reportedly, the role will be a “CGI-driven” performance, with comparisons made to Alan Tudyk’s supporting role as security droid K-2SO in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
If things work out with Waller-Bridge, it’s exciting news for a couple of reasons. First of all, she’s a tremendously talented actress, as anyone who’s had a chance to see her series Fleabag (above) on Amazon can testify. She wrote the six-episode series, based on her own, award-winning play, and stars as the titular character, a young woman dealing with the many challenges of living in modern-day London, while also harboring complicated, unresolved issues concerning a recent tragedy.
The series begins as a comedy before morphing into a comedy-drama and then becoming a full-blown tragic drama. Waller-Bridge’s ability to handle those tonal changes should serve her well in the Han Solo movie because there’s every indication that it will reflect the sensibility of directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
So far, their sensibility has leaned heavily toward comedy in the movies they’ve directed, not only the live-action projects 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street but also the animated productions Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and The Lego Movie. The Jump Street movies showed they could handle action sequences as well, but their emphasis has always been on lighter entertainment.
As a brief example, check out this 22 Jump Street clip that shows their ability to transform a routine scene into something kind of epic.
Note to their official comment on the recent casting of Woody Harrelson: “His ability to find both humor and pathos, often in the same role, is truly unique. He is also very good at ping-pong.” Also consider that lead players Alden Ehrenreich (Han Solo), Donald Glover (Lando Calrissian) and Emilia Clarke have all shown their ability to handle both light comedy and dark drama in their past roles.
Written by Lawrence Kasdan, who cowrote two installments of the original trilogy as well as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and his son Jon Kasdan, the untitled Han Solo movie is scheduled for theatrical release next year.