Emilia Clarke believes she’s found the man to take the lightsaber from Mark Hamill in playing a young Luke Skywalker and it’s not Sebastian Stan. It may very well be the King of the… Star Wars?
Strolling the red carpet in a burgundy dress, spotted with floral designs, Emilia Clarke was stopped by ET’s Cameron Mathison.
“I feel like I have to say, Kit Harington,” was the answer she gave when posed with a particular question at the film’s Los Angeles premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story on Thursday.
The question: what actor from Game of Thrones should play Luke Skywalker? It’s an interesting thought, especially with the incestuous cross-pollination of franchises.
Game of Thrones, within itself, already dons fifteen characters both in smaller and more substantial parts across the vast platform of the Star Wars galaxy. Besides Gwendolyn Christie (Captain Phasma) and Emilia Clarke (Qi’ra), Grand Maester Pycelle himself (Julian Glover) played General Veers in The Empire Strikes Back the rest are scattered across the sequel, prequel trilogies, and offshoots.
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Hearing Harington’s name bandied about might seem strange juxtaposed with the name Luke Skywalker — mostly because it is. Maybe it’s the sturdy jawline, the thick tangle of onyx curls or too much smoldery brooding to play a young or even older, wisened Luke.
And, in all honesty, if we get to the point where we’re talking about Luke Skywalker: A Star Wars story then you can tap me out—but that’s a Star Wars story for another time. Sebastian Stan seems to have that locked down if you believe in memes anyway.
But, saying Harington shouldn’t play Luke Skywalker doesn’t necessarily mean Kit can’t be King of the Star Wars galaxy.
After all, Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are flying from Winterfell right into the Star Wars Universe, developing a Star Wars trilogy that is more secretive than those original death star plans.
What is known so far? Not much. Mum on details, all we truly know is that the films will take place at a fixed point in time—please be Knights of the Old Republic, please be Knights of the Old Republic.
After all, Harington fits a lot of the prerequisites for playing a character in this universe. e owns a British accent, he’s built an acting resume on an epic series and he already knows how to swing a sword.
So, a curly haired Luke Skywalker may not be in the cards. Even if Harington has already called upon his inner Hamill when kissing his aunt on Thrones, it doesn’t mean we don’t have any more room for bastards rising up in a galaxy far, far away.