Actress Emilia Clarke, who recently joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the upcoming Secret Invasion series, has spilled on the audition process for secretive studios like Kevin Feige’s Marvel and Lucasfilm, Ltd.
Speaking to Variety, the actress shared:
“The people behind it are the best at what they do; it’s amazing to be a part of that high pedigree. But Marvel, ‘Star Wars,’ they all give you fake audition sides,” Clarke said, referring to script pages actors read for casting directors. “I remember for ‘Star Wars,’ the character I read was a made-up music producer.”
Ultimately, as Star Wars fans know, Clarke was cast as the ambitious Qi’ra in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018).
The Han Solo origin story film starred Alden Ehrenreich as young Han Solo, sharing his exploits with future copilot Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) after they fell in with Tobias Beckett’s (Woody Harrelson) band of thieves.
Solo’s only was quest to be reunited with Qi’ra, his first love, but the young woman was doing just fine for herself without her companion from Corellia. When the movie ends, fans discover that Qi’ra is thirsty for power within Maul’s (Ray Park) Crimson Dawn crime syndicate — and she’s been biding her time with Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany) to get what she wants.
At this time, director Ron Howard has indicated there won’t be a Solo 2, but fans are hopeful that the rumors of both Ehrenreich’s Solo and Clarke’s Qi’ra returning — alongside Donald Glover’s Lando Calrissian — in a streaming series, such as the upcoming Lando special event series, are true.
Clarke, of course, is best known for her role as the Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen, on HBO’s long-running Game of Thrones series. As for her current projects, the actress is filming Secret Invasion and will be doing voice work for The Amazing Maurice.
The Game of Thrones star also just penned her first comic book, “M.O.M: Mother of Madness”. Additionally, Qi’ra was recently reintroduced to the Star Wars universe in Charles Soule’s “War of the Bounty Hunters” comic book series which centers around Boba Fett and other well-known bounty hunters in the galaxy.
What do you think about Marvel and Star Wars having “fake auditions” to keep plot lines under wraps?