'Han Solo' Movie Adds Thandie Newton

The Han Solo cast just keeps getting bigger and better. Thandie Newton is reportedly orbiting the Star Wars spinoff, which also stars Alden EhrenreichDonald GloverEmilia Clarke, and Woody Harrelson. The news comes just one day after we learned that Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) was also in talks. Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie) are directing. 

Variety broke news of the possible Han Solo Thandie Newton casting. She has reportedly entered negotiations, but details are otherwise sparse. At this time, we don't have any information about which character she is playing.

As previously reported, the film stars Ehrenreich as the scruffy-looking nerf herder himself, Han Solo; Glover as his smooth-talking pal, Lando Calrissian; and Harrelson as an as-yet-unnamed mentor to Han (speculated by some, but denied by Lucasfilm's Pablo Hidalgo, to be Garris Shrike). Clarke has the female lead, but we don't know much else about her character. Waller-Bridge is looking to play a CG character, likely a droid or alien of some sort.

The Han Solo movie is set before the events of A New Hope. While plot details have not officially been confirmed, it's believed to chronicle (among other things) how Han won the Millennium Falcon from his buddy LandoKathleen Kennedy has described it as having "a heist or Western type feel," name-checking artist Fredric Remington as an influence on the look of the movie.

Newton is coming off of the first season of HBO's Westworld, where she was one of the very best elements in a cast that included the likes of Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Jeffrey Wright, and Evan Rachel Wood. She'll start filming the second season later this year, for premiere sometime in 2018. She's now shooting Xavier Dolan's The Death and Life of John F. DonovanHan Solo is already in production, so she should be headed over very soon.

The untitled Han Solo spinoff is scheduled to open May 25, 2018.