Actress Emilia Clarke, the Game of Thrones star, will be joining the cast of a new Star Wars spin-off movie.

The actress will join Alden Ehrenreich, who will play Solo, and Donald Glover, who was confirmed for the role of Calrissian. She will have the lead female role.

The film is to take place before Star Wars: A New Hope and will focus on the formative years of Solo and Calrissian. The movie will show how they became space smugglers and what adventures they had before the events of the Star Wars trilogy unfolded.

The Han Solo film is set for release in May 2018. The most recent movies in the franchise, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (which opens in December) have been a great success, with one making $2 billion in the box office, and the other being predicted to make a record-breaking $7 billion.

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