While some may be looking forward to Donald Golver’s fascinating Lando or Woody Harrelson in the new Solo: A Star Wars Story, outside of seeing Alden Ehrenreich, I’m most looking forward to Emilia Clarke and how strong her female presence is. Before the trailer, we didn’t know just how much her character would be involved or how important she would be, but after the trailer, it seemed like she’d be pivotal to the telling of a young Han Solo. Now, thanks to Entertainment Weekly’s continuous coverage of the film, we have more to the character of Qi’ra.
Most of the characters we’ll come across in the new Star Wars adventure will be faces Solo will meet along his journey to becoming the galaxy’s greatest pilot, all except once. As Clarke revealed in her sit down with EW, Qi’ra is a childhood friend of Solo, one who brings out both a bit of criminal and romantic behavior in Solo:
“Well, they grew up as comrades, essentially. They grew up as pals, as partners in crime. There is obviously the romantic side of things. But they grew up together. So they were kids together. And the beautiful thing about this Han Solo story is it’s highlighting all of the most brilliant aspects of Han Solo the character and characterizing those aspects in characters that he meets on his journey to becoming who he is.”
Those are some pretty interesting comments. If I’m reading in to Clarke’s words correctly, even in the slightest, it sounds like Qi’ra is a bit of an irresistible individual to Solo at this point in his life. She’s the best of both for him, but that begs the question, where is she and why have we never heard of her?
Hopefully the film will dive deep into the character of Qi’ra, as well as not leave questions on the table about her. For now, keep watching her in the first Solo trailer below. Directed by Rob Howard, Solo: A Star Wars Story hits a theater in a galaxy near you on May 25th.