In quite a bizarre turn of events, it seems Michael K Williams is no longer a part of the Han Solo standalone Star Wars film.
His part has been cut amid the reshoots now underway with new director Ron Howard. 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.
Speaking on the issue, Williams had this to say:
I felt great about what I created with the directors [previous directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller] that I worked with. It is what it is.
Williams did go on to say it’s more about a conflict of scheduling than anything particularly nefarious, as prior engagements with other works in progress:
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.
This makes us wonder what we are potentially missing and is the new direction for Han Solo that drastic that it requires reshoots.
Well, something for the b-reel?
The untitled Han Solo / Han Solo: A Star Wars Story film is slated for a May 25th 2018, release