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Emilia Clarke's character name in Han Solo movie could hint at deeper meaning

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Aug 23, 2017, 9:40 PM EDT

SPOILER WARNINGS! Details of the Han Solo Star Wars movie below!

Day by day, many of the mysteries of future geek movies are solved online, and today it's confirmation of the name of Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke's character in the new Han Solo Star Wars spin-off, now filming in England.

The Ron Howard-directed flick has so far kept this tidbit a secret, but as we all know, that's a Herculean task in today's info-centric digital age.

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Boardwalk Empire's Michael K. Williams recently exited the project due to time conflicts during the reshoot schedule. The actor was unable to fit in the redux work, as he was already in Africa working on The Red Sea Diving Resort. But he did find time to chat with Vanity Fair about his excised hybrid-human character in the galaxy far, far away, and its link to the daring young smuggler Han Solo.

Here's the scoop according to Vanity Fair:

"Williams had already filmed all of his scenes as a new character to the universe—'a link between Han Solo and Emilia’s character, Kira'—when Lucasfilm suddenly announced in June that it was replacing directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller with Ron Howard. The shake-up meant that Williams would need to re-shoot his scenes so that the anticipated spin-off could still meet its 2018 release date."

Apparently, the spelling of the name is actually "Kura," a name previously rumored to be Clarke's character, as first hinted at by MakingStarWars sources operating at Pinewood Studios.

This makes the second name revealed for this Star Wars Anthology project, following the announcement of Woody Harrelson's Beckett. While Kira was originally the early name given to Daisy Ridley's character in The Force Awakens, it's more likely that they simply recycled this name, rather than Rey having some direct connection to Clarke's role ... or will it?

Furthermore, Kira Carsen is also the name of a bold, sarcastic young Jedi companion in the Star Wars: The Old Republic video game. Could there be some link to this outspoken Padawan? Or could it be linked to Lady Kira, a character appearing in Dark Horse Comics' Empire’s End, the noble queen of Onderon who comes to Leia's aid?

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Kira? Kura? What are your theories revolving around this mystery role?

Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (if that's what they're going to officially call the yet-to-be-titled film), also starring Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, and Thandie Newton, gets smuggled into theaters May 25, 2018.

(via Slash Film)