With Disney’s young Han Solo movie currently in production with Ron Howard now on board to direct, there’s some unfortunate news for one of the film’s cast.
Due to Howard replacing Phil Lord and Chris Miller in the director’s chair, Michael K. Williams has had to step away from the film due to the reworking and reshoots overlapping with his other projects, such as the currently-shooting The Red Sea Diving Resort with Chris Evans. As such, the Boardwalk Empire and The Wire actor will have all of his Solo scenes cut from the picture.
As Williams explained to Deadline, “I felt great about what I created with the directors that I worked with. It is what it is. We created a kick-ass character, in my opinion. I’m proud of it. When Ron Howard got hired to finish out the film, there were some reshoot issues that needed to be done in regards to my character, in order for it to match the new direction which the producers wanted Ron to carry the film in. And that would have required me on a plane a month ago to London, to Pinewood, to do reshoots. But I’m here, on location in Africa. It’s scheduling. I’m not going to be back on the market until the end of November after ‘Hap and Leonard,’ and for them to wait that long for me, that would have pushed back the release date, which I believe is in May 2018. They wanted me now; I couldn’t go. So they had to clip-clip-clip.”
While the exact details of Williams’ character in the film still remain unknown, we do know that he was playing a half-human, half-animal hybrid of sorts. Whether that character has been recast or completely removed from the movie, we’ll have to wait and see.
With Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, and roles for Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the still-to-be-titled Solo movie is currently booked in for May 25th, 2018.
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