Thandie Newton in Talks for Han Solo Movie (EXCLUSIVE)

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Westworld” star Thandie Newton may be headed to a galaxy far, far away.

Sources tell Variety the actress is in negotiations to join the upcoming Han Solo spinoff, starring Alden Ehrenreich.

Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson and Emilia Clarke co-star in the Disney-Lucasfilm feature, with Phil Lord and Chris Miller directing.

As Variety exclusively reported this week, “Fleabag” actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge is also in talks for a key role in the pic. Newton’s character is unknown.

The untitled “Han Solo” hits theaters May 25, 2018.

Produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Allison Shearmur, the Star Wars spinoff takes place before the original “A New Hope,” similarly to the recent spinoff, “Rogue One,” which has amassed over a billion dollars worldwide.

Newton is coming off her critically acclaimed turn in HBO’s “Westworld” as Maeve, the renegade robot whose gutty performance earned her two SAG (best performance and ensemble in a drama) nominations and a Golden Globe nomination. She stars filming Xavier Dolan’s “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan” in March and is expected to return to “Westworld” for its second season, which begins shooting later this year.

She is repped by WME, Untitled Entertainment and Independent Talent Group.

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  1. This is great. She’s absolutely wonderful in Westworld. I hope she gets a substantial part.

  2. Does this mean we’ll FINALLY get to see how he did the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs?

  3. Paully says:

    She sounds great, one of Hans many paramours I’m sure, Strong enough to kick his butt,.. Hey I could write this myself..
    Oh, and the movie title. How about “Han Solo”..

  4. enterfuntech says:

    Well, this is news. She’s easily the best part of Westworld for me. I’m liking a lot of the additions to this cast. I’m not buying into her playing Sana Solo because she seems to be a bit old for the role, but maybe I’ll be surprised.
    I could definitely see her playing a villain. Maybe even the main villain. I’ve been waiting for a really badass female Star Wars villain (on the big screen) for a pretty long time.

  5. Leon says:

    Men aren’t evil. Women aren’t either. But this ping pong of who is better and who is PC needs to stop now!

  6. Leon says:

    Oh and Danny McBride should be the star and last surviving member of the film alien covenant. how many times do we need to root for some Ripley esque women that fails to live up to Sigourney when we all know danny mcbride can drive many sequels. Here is hoping hollywood doesn’t mess Alien covenant up too.

  7. Leon says:

    Oh and no bad blood against the actress here. Not her fault she is being PC cast.

  8. John says:

    She deserves so much. Hope to see her in many new films.

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