Michael Kenneth Williams' Role Cut From 'Star Wars' Han Solo Movie

Outsiders - August 22, 2017
Emmy nominee Michael Kenneth Williams will not be in the new Star Wars stand-alone Han Solo movie as his part has been cut amid the reshoots now underway with new director Ron Howard. The new production schedule caused conflict with Williams commitment to his new movie now shooting in South Africa with Ben Kingsley and Chris Evans.

I felt great about what I created with the directors that I worked with, said Williams, who was cast in the Han Solo origin story by original helming duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who exited in June. It is what it is.

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 sources. And that would have required me on a plane a month ago to London, to Pinewood, to do reshoots. But Im here, on location in Africa. Its scheduling. Im not going to be back on the market until the end of November, 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 couldnt go. So they had to clip-clip-clip.

Plot and character details had been kept under wraps, but Williams said he played a half-human, half-animal in the film and that we created a kick-ass character, in my opinion. Im proud of it.

I dont 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. Theyre a great group of people, the Lucas family.

Source: Deadline





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