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Actress Pheobe Waller-Bridge Eyed for a CGI-Driven Role in “Han Solo”!

Variety is reporting that “Fleabag” actress Pheobe Waller-Bridge has been considered for an important role in the upcoming second Star Wars spin-off movie about the adventures of young Han Solo. The role is expected to be CGI-driven. It is not clear if she will play a droid (like K-2SO) or an alien character (like Maz Kanata). Read on for the details…

 

 

From Variety:

 

The role would be a CGI-driven performance from Waller-Bridge but would still be a significant part of the ensemble, similarly to key Star Wars characters in the past like Chewbacca, C-3P0 and most recently, Alan Tudyk’s K-2SO in “Rogue One.”

Cutting her teeth in British TV realm in shows like “Broadchurch” and “Drifters”, Waller-Bridge broke out on the scene with her series “Crashing.” She would follow that series up with her Amazon series “Fleabag”, which she created and stars in.

 

Han Solo: A Star Wars Story began principal photography on January 30, 2017, and is set for release on May 25, 2018. The movie will be directed by the duo Christopher Miller and Phil Lord and will tell an origin story about Han Solo and Chewie, which is expected to take place 10 years before the events of “A New Hope”. George Lucas developed some ideas for the story in the past, and in 2012 Lawrence Kasdan was brought in to write the script together with his son Jon.

Kathleen Kennedy described that the “Han Solo” story will have a western/heist feel. The movie also stars Alden Ehrenreich as young Han Solo, as well as Emilia Clarke and Woody Harrelson in an unknown roles.

 

 

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  • Jeff Wickson

    She’s too pretty to be CG’d.

    • Ghost of Obi Wan Kenobi

      So was Lupita

      • TUD

        So was Andy Serkis.

        ;)

    • Uncle Deadly

      It’s about her talent.

    • Grand_Admiral_Dux

      so only ugly people can play cg characters… where do i send my resume? ;)

      • obijuanmartinez

        *ZING*

        (Ditto here!)

  • Arec Baldrin (alias Grant)

    Why not both? Has there ever been a love interest onscreen that was CG? I don’t mean like with Avatar where they both were or Ex Machina where she was part human but like an all CG hooking up with a human?

    Han seems like a guy who has been outside his own species a few times so I can see it but it would probably turn a lot of people off as well.

    • Arec Baldrin (alias Grant)

      Okay, Jessica Rabbit but she was 2D and still drawn human.

      • Bobby Sharp

        And still so, so fine. : D

        • DougP

          Re: “so, so fine.”

          No bad….
          Just drawn that way. ;)

  • Paweł Łukijańczuk

    More British brunettes! Yay! :D

    • Ulek Calus

      Someone over at Lucasfilm/Disney clearly has a fetish. I’m not complaining.

      • TUD

        Don’t forget the tentacle monster!

        • DougP

          See?!
          I was trying to & then you reminded me.

          Sheesh!

  • Villain

    I’d expect her to be playing an alien this time around. Disney has made a great impact with the droids they have introduced so far. I think its time for a memorable alien character.

  • Paul Hamer

    Jar Jars daughter!….you heard it here first!

    • Grand_Admiral_Dux

      that would imply that that jar jar had sex at some- i just threw up a bit in my mouth. ;)

      • obijuanmartinez

        ‘It’s the tongue, right….chicks love the tongue’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2JuE9av3o0

        • Grand_Admiral_Dux

          Lmao.

      • DougP

        Re: “i just threw up a bit in my mouth.”

        Funny piece of trivia –
        Gungans reproduce by throwing up in each others’ mouth.

        Yoosa didn’t know?!

        • Grand_Admiral_Dux

          oh my gawd!

  • obijuanmartinez

    I can’t focus on this when I am driven to the distraction of Rosario Dawson wanting to be Ahsoka Tano! https://twitter.com/rosariodawson/status/828802110888120320

    • Dimitri Petrenko

      This means nothing…. A random basically asked if she would, and this is her response.

      • obijuanmartinez

        Thanks, Captain Obvious!

        • Dimitri Petrenko

          If you were someone else responding like this I would kind of understand it, but this coming from the OP…

          • obijuanmartinez

            I didn’t say she WAS playing her, or was even in danger of playing her, as there’s NO plans anywhere for such an adaptation that anybody’s mentioned, genius!

    • Grand_Admiral_Dux

      I like Rosario a lot but it has to be Ashley, she is ahsoka.

  • could we finally be getting a female droid sidekick? reasonable…even after so many had thought BB-8 was going to be female.

    • Bobby Sharp

      What the heck is a female droid?

    • Grand_Admiral_Dux

      Droids have no gender.

      • Ulek Calus

        They have no sex, but are programmed with gender.

        • Bobby Sharp

          Where did you hear this? What gender is R2-D2? How about mouse droids? The entire idea is silly. My toaster has no gender.

          • TUD

            R2-D2 has masculine gender programming, as does
            C-3PO (thus the male voice). It’s not silly, it’s a fact.

            • Grand_Admiral_Dux

              my phone talks to me with a female voice but that doesn’t make my phone a girl.

              • TUD

                No, but it makes Siri “female”. Look at my reply to Bobby Sharp above. Gender programming is a canon thing in Star Wars.

                • Grand_Admiral_Dux

                  Good gravy, they are robots, why waste time programing gender? It does nothing to help them function. And for the record Siri sounds female but you can also program it sound like a guy. It’s just a piece of software.

            • Bobby Sharp

              Does this exist in the Star Wars canon anywhere?

              • TUD

                Yep. http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Feminine_programming

                There’s a reason that we refer to C-3PO and R2-D2 with male pronouns. The above link is about droids with female programming, however.

                • Bobby Sharp

                  Ah. Hmm. I didn’t know this was codified anywhere in the canon. I can see where C-3PO can be seen to have a masculine gender. But with regards to non-anthropomorphic droids like R2-D2, I never looked at them as having any gender whatsoever.

                  • TUD

                    In the end, it doesn’t REALLY matter.

                    • Bobby Sharp

                      Well, no, none of this does when compared with other real life stuff. But it’s Star Wars and I wouldn’t be here if I wasn’t at least marginally interested. Because I’m a Star Wars fan, I am interested in the mechanics of the property and how the galaxy is structured. I just wasn’t aware of any genders being attributed to droids. I still think it’s a rather silly idea. I can see where a droid’s voice might indicate gender, but other than that…

                    • TUD

                      Well…there were those “50’s diner” droids that were probably better off female.

                    • Bobby Sharp

                      Yeah. Jawa Juice. Still trying to forget about that….

          • Dasjerm

            My toaster is a fluid binary transgender and is currently transitioning into a dishwasher.

            • TUD

              DON’T ASSUME QWE’S GENDER!

            • Mr_Crankypants

              That’s a shame it feels a need to transition, and isn’t body-secure enough to simply self-identify as dishwasher.

          • Ulek Calus

            Wookieepedia shows droids as having masculine and feminine programming.

          • Mr_Crankypants

            How do you know? Have you asked you toaster which, if any, of the 65 genders Ze identifies with?

            • Bobby Sharp

              Not yet. But I now know what I’m doing with my Friday night.

            • TUD

              Yeah! Don’t be transphobic!!

        • Grand_Admiral_Dux

          are they? 3PO identifies his model and functions but never a gender. only the droids owners seem to give them a gender identity(through pronoun usage).

          • DougP

            Re: “only the droids owners seem to give them a gender identity.”
            It’s interesting that, if memory serves, you only hear the humans referring to droids with a gender.
            As well, it seems to near universally be a *male* pronoun.

            Maybe it’s similar to how in our universe with ships where female pronoun is used to refer to them?

            • Darth Necris

              Actually, think of “An New Hope” Where Luke says that R2-D2 is going to be a lot of trouble and C3P-O says “Oh, HE excels at that!” Just an example that I can think of. In fact, there are a few times in ANH when he is referred to as a “He”.

              • DougP

                Thanks for that. I’d suspected that a droid (3PO) most likely used gender at some but…but just didn’t spend much time trying to recall.

                Of course, in that case I suppose it could be argued that C3P-O was using the gender for R2 that he’d heard a human/master assign.

                • TUD

                  But that would go against protocol ;)

            • TUD

              Except that some droids are female. R4-P17 is an example.

              • DougP

                Re: R4-P17

                Just curious is that canon?

                I read the PT novelizations but didn’t watch all (much) of The Clone Wars. Didn’t recall that.

                • TUD

                  Yes, it’s canon.

                  From Wookieepedia: “R4-P17, nicknamed Arfour, was an astromech droid, programmed with a female personality…”

          • TUD

            Droids refer to each other with pronouns as well. C-3PO often translates R4’s speech with “he”

            “Oh, *he* excels at that!”

  • Me Vil

    Hope it will be a droid.
    Maz was a great CGI character, but too much could be distracting. At least a cgi droid doesn’t have the imperfections of cgi body movements.
    By the way, I think Maz should be in this film.

    • Masked_Avenger

      She’ll be playing Bollux or Zollux from the Han Solo books*

      *No I don’t really believe that.

      • Antonio

        Bollux is a male though. Well not a male but programmed with masculinity.

        • Also, I suspect they learned their lesson about that name