Michael K. Williams is probably one of your favorite actors. If not for The Wire, then for Boardwalk Empire or one of countless other roles. And he’s been edited right out of the still-untitled Han Solo flick following Ron Howard’s takeover and changes to the movie’s direction. Speaking to Deadline, Williams offered some explanation:
“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 said. “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.”
“Taste in their mouth?” Really, Michael?
Williams is shooting a project called Hap and Leonard and says he’s off the market until November. That would’ve been a huge delay for the movie.
“They wanted me now; I couldn’t go. So they had to clip-clip-clip,” he said. Even with all that, he doesn’t sound too broken up about it.
“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, and I hope that I left a good taste in their mouth. They’re a great group of people, the Lucas family.” Maybe we’ll see Williams pop up in the Obi-Wan spin-off, or that rumored Jabba the Hutt movie. Which is apparently a thing.
The Han Solo movie hits theaters on May 25, 2018.