Michael K. Williams Cut From ‘Han Solo’
Michael K. Williams is my fave! I’ve loved him ever since he walked through the streets of Baltimore in a trench coat toting a shotgun.
So, it’s with great disappointment that I report he has been cut from the Star Wars stand-alone film, Hans Solo.
Be clear. It had nothing to do with his performance. It was more about the production schedule and his prior commitments.
Williams said the revamped production schedule conflicted with his commitment to spy drama The Red Sea Diving Resort, 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 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. I’m not going to be back on the market until the end of November after [his SundanceTV series] 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.”
I hate that Michael couldn’t add Han Solo to his resume, but he’s still outchea getting it and that’s all that matters.
Maybe something will work out before it’s all said and done.