Saturday, 11 February 2017

Phoebe Waller-Bridge set to join Han Solo Star Wars standalone

News arrives via Variety that British actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge is set to swap the tragicomedy realism of her hit sitcom Fleabag for the space opera swagger of Star Wars in Chris Miller and Phil Lord's (The Lego Movie) new young Han Solo movie.

Filming began on the latest Star Wars spin-off last week, under the working title of Red Cup (the project still doesn't have an official title), and Variety reports that Waller-Bridge's role would be a "CGI-driven performance", implying she would play some sort of strange alien creature or mechanised droid – but the report notes her part would be a "significant part of the ensemble".

Waller-Bridge has been hailed as the next great hope of British comedy after the six part comedy Fleabag debuted on BBC Three and Amazon to rave reviews. Adapted from her hit one woman Edinburgh stage show, it depicted a young woman navigating relationships and family in London with filthy bittersweet humour but few positive outcomes.

Fleabag's brand of frank sexual mores and sense of melancholy could not be more distant from the broad science fiction adventuring of the Star Wars universe. But Waller-Bridge has proven comedic credentials, and with Lord and Miller at the helm, the Han Solo movie might be hoping for wittier approach than usual in portraying the scruffy-looking nerf herder's origins.

Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!) is playing Han Solo, alongside a supporting cast already confirmed to include Donald Glover (The Martian), Woody Harrelson (The Hunger Games) and Emilia Clarke (Game Of Thrones). Filming continues in London, working towards a release date of 25 May 2018.

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