We have our first big loss from the Untitled Han Solo Movie and all of its production problems. Michael K. Williams, an Emmy nominated actor, won’t be appearing in the movie due to reshoots with the new director Ron Howard according to Deadline. The revamped production schedule conflicts with a movie Williams is due to shoot called The Red Sea Diving Resort with Chris Evans and Ben Kingsley.
“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.”
Williams described his character as a half human, half animal and that “we created a kick-ass character, in my opinion. I’m proud of it.”
The production for the Han Solo was thrown into disarray when directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller either left or were let go from the project in late June. They are still targeting a May 28, 2018 release date and any delay at this stage in shooting means they would have to delay the movie. Despite the fact that he’s been cut Williams isn’t bitter and has nothing but nice things to say about the people at Lucasfilm.
“I don’t 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. They’re a great group of people, the Lucas family.”
Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Anthology Film, directed by Ron Howard, stars Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, and Thandie Newton. It will be released May 25, 201