Michael K. Williams won’t star in the Star Wars Untitled Han Solo movie after all. Deadline is reporting Williams role has been cut due to the film’s reshoots and his schedule availability.
Ron Howard took over the film after the firing of Phil Lord and Chris Miller in June, which resulted in the reshoots, which conflict with Williams’ schedule.
Williams is in South Africa shooting the spy drama The Red Sea Diving Resort, in which he stars with Chris Evans.
“I felt great about what I created with the directors that I worked with. It is what it is,” Williams told Deadline.
He continued, “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 would have played a half-human, half-animal in the film. “We created a kick-ass character, in my opinion. I’m proud of it,” he said.
The untitled film, starring Donald Glover as young Lando Calrissian and Thandie Newton in an undisclosed role, will be in theaters on May 25, 2018.