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Michael K. Williams’ Role Cut from HAN SOLO Film

Michael K. Williams’ Role Cut from HAN SOLO Film

Michael K. Williams, star of the HBO show The Night Of, was slated to have a half-human, half-alien role in the upcoming Han Solo origin story currently in production by Lucasfilm. Well, after Ron Howard recently took over to reshoot parts of the movie and change its tone, it seems like the role is no more.

Williams, who first rose to acclaim after playing Omar Little in HBO’s hit The Wire, is now a pretty busy guy. The purported reason for the elimination character, it seems, is conflicting shooting schedule. Williams is currently on location in Africa filming The Red Sea Diving Resort with Chris Evans and Ben Kingsley. It is this commitment that made it impossible to participate in Howard’s additional work without delaying the expected release date of the film.

Speaking to Deadline, Williams said:

“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.”

Howard took over the project earlier this summer from Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who apparently had artistic differences with the studio respecting how they wanted to portray the story, which stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo and Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, and Thandie Newton.

Essentially, he said:

“it is what it is.”

But he doesn’t rule out participating in a Star Wars film in the future, noting he enjoyed the experience and was proud of the character. “I don’t think that me not being in the Star Wars family is final,” Williams said. “I left with a very good taste in my mouth about the whole family, and I hope that I left a good taste in their mouth. They’re a great group of people, the Lucas family.”

Han Solo will be released on May 25, 2018.

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J. Don Birnam

J. Don Birnam, a voting member of the New York Film Critics Online, has been a movie lover since he saw the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film in theaters at a tender age, and has been a devoted student of American film history every since. His favorite films range from Back to the Future to West Side Story, depending on the time of day, and has a mildly unhealthy obsessions with the Academy Awards. Any similarity with the slightly unstable writer in the seminal 1944 film ‘The Lost Weekend’ is pure coincidence

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