Qi’ra is a mysterious new character from Han Solo‘s past that we’re being introduced to in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story‘ and now Emilia Clarke is dishing on her role in the film. She isn’t going into spoiler territory with the details but it is a lot to go on compared to just seeing her pop up. The recent trailer and teaser appeared to show that she’s known Solo for several years.
While she looks fantastic as always, the actress does stress that “if you have got a really glamorous lady in a really sordid environment you kind of know that maybe the glamour is hiding a few rough roads.” It sounds like we’ll have another strong female lead and if anyone knows how to pull that off, it’s Clarke.
As I mentioned above, it looks as if the duo is shown in multiple time periods and that is stressed as Clarke goes on to say:
“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.
You see the beginnings of him, this loveable rogue. You get it fine-tuned throughout these relationships, and Qi’ra is one of those relationships that has an impact on him as a character […] The goal is that the shadow of Qi’ra is there in Han as a character that we know. This girl is another texture that makes up who he is when we first meet him.”
I’m eager to see how their involvement with one another will help develop Han into the scoundrel that we’re introduced to in ‘Star Wars: A New Hope.’ I suspect that both Qi’ra and Woody Harrelson’s Beckett will be the most influential supporting characters on shaping who Han will become.
An important note here is that the film sets up exactly why Han falls for Leia when the pair meet. She’s going to be his type for one obvious reason:
“There is a female presence to this movie. Han Solo is only surrounded by strong women. He doesn’t know any woman who doesn’t stand up for herself, has got game and chops and intelligence and wit. Those are the only women in his life. And then he meets Leia, so it all kind of falls into place.”
I’ve been on the bandwagon of being worried about how the movie is going to play out onscreen but the more the cast and crew are revealing, the more excited I’m getting for it. ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ seems to be set to give us many of the major highlights we’ve heard from Solo’s past and with time jumps in the movie, it hopefully won’t feel shoehorned in.
Are you excited to hear a bit about Emilia Clarke’s Qi’ra in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’? Do you think that this introduction to stronger women in Han’s youth will shape why he falls for Leia? Do you think Qi’ra will survive until the end of the film as we haven’t heard about her until now? Share your thoughts below!