Michael Kenneth Williams will be cut from the Han Solo standalone Star Wars film due to scheduling conflicts and not be able to participate in the reshoots for director Ron Howard, according to Deadline.
Williams, who’s an Emmy nominee for his supporting role in HBO’s The Night Of, played an undisclosed role for the film. He said the revamped production schedule conflicted with his commitment to the spy drama The Red Sea Diving Resort, his new movie currently shooting in South Africa where he will star alongside 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.”
Howard took over after Miller and Lord left due to creative differences and resumed production in July.
William said to been playing a “kick-ass” half-human, half-animal in the Han Solo film.
“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 [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 said he may find his way back to the Star Wars universe.
“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.”
The film stars Alden Ehrenreich as Solo, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Joonas Suotamo and will be slated to theaters May 25, 2018.