Well that escalated quickly.
Everyone knew there were bound to be casualties in the young Han Solo movie director change and now we’re hearing about the first one.
According to Deadline, Michael K. Williams’ part has been cut from the film due to a scheduling conflict with the reshoots.
“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,” Williams told Deadline. “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,” he continued. “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.”
Without giving away any plot details, Williams revealed that he played a half-human, half-animal.
“We created a kick-ass character, in my opinion. I’m proud of it,” he said. “I felt great about what I created with the directors that I worked with. It is what it is.”
The actor doesn’t think he’s left the Star Wars universe for good, so there’s always a chance his character could pop up somewhere else in the franchise.
“I don’t think that me not being in the Star Wars family is final,” he 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.”
Directed by Ron Howard and starring Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Joonas Suotamo, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton and Woody Harrelson, the young Han Solo movie is scheduled to open May 25, 2018.
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