With Lucasfilm’s upcoming “Han Solo” spin-off film running long due to the changeover of directors, scheduling conflicts were bound to happen and now they’ve claimed one cast member.
“The Wire” and “Hap and Leonard” star Michael K. Williams, who was originally hired by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, is not continuing on the film under director Ron Howard due to scheduling conflicts. As a result, his work filmed so far is being cut. He tells Deadline:
“I felt great about what I created with the directors that I worked with… We created a kick-ass character, in my opinion. I’m proud of it. 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.
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.”
Williams reportedly played a half-human, half-animal role and it’s unclear if it has been deleted entirely. Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Joonas Suotamo, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton and Phoebe Waller-Bridge co-star in the film which is scheduled to be released on May 25th 2018.