Michael K. Williams on Why He Was Cut from the Han Solo Movie

Posted 2017/08/22 0 0

The Night Of star Michael K. Williams has revealed that he's been cut from the Han Solo movie because he was unable to participate in the reshoots.


While production continues on Lucasfilm’s upcoming Han Solo movie with new director Ron Howard, one actor originally hired by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller will not be continuing: Michael K. Williams. Michael K. Williams’ character has been cut from the Han Solo movie, due to his commitment to “The Red Sea Diving Resort.” He booked the biographic drama after he had finished filming Han Solo, and was unable to return to reshoot any new material for the film.

Here’s exactly what Williams told Deadline:

“I felt great about what I created with the directors that I worked with. 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, 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.”

Williams’ “kick-ass character” would have been a half-human, half-animal sort, but no other plot or character details are available, in part because there’s a chance the character could still pop up down the road:

“I don’t think that me not being in the Star Wars family is final. 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.”

Based on a script by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, the Han Solo spinoff stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, in addition to Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Woody Harrelson.

In the wake of the departure of directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller from the upcoming Han Solo Star Wars movie, Lucasfilm hired director Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, The Da Vinci Code) to take their places. It is unknown how credit will be divided for the finished film, as at least 3/4s of it was already shot when Howard took over.

The Han Solo movie is scheduled to be released on May 25, 2018.