It was announced sometime ago that Michael K Williams had joined the Han Solo Spinoff Project. Well amid director turnover and extended production schedule from reshoots, it appears that Williams’ role has been cut from the film.
The news come via Deadline, who are reporting that Williams won’t be able to continue with the project after the new schedule conflicted with filming of The Red Sea Diving Resort, a spy film starring Chris Evans, he was already attached to.
Williams then spoke about the scheduling issues with Deadline:
“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, 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.”
Deadline also revealed details of Williams’ character, information that had been kept under wraps until this point. He was playing a half-human, half-animal character.
The Untitled Han Solo spinoff hits theaters May 2018