Deadline is reporting that the excellent Michael K. Williams has been cut from the untitled Han Solo Star Wars story. Williams told Deadline it was a scheduling conflict that made it impossible for him to make the reshoots being conducted by Ron Howard after the previous directors were let go due to tonal conflicts between the directors and the studio.
Williams told 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,” Williams told Deadline. “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.”
Michael K. Williams seems optimistic that he’ll hopefully return to Star Wars. The actor says the experience left a very good taste in his mouth and in essence he would love to return to the franchise one day. I’m really bummed as he was one of the actors hired on to the new films I was elated to see making a Star Wars experience. He is very talented and really standout in ensemble pieces. I hope this ends up being better for Williams and we see him return in an even more important part in a future film.
A preview of logos to come?
Also check out this tweet from Hayley:
Do you think that’s confirmation the film is called Han Solo: A Star Wars Story? I’m hesitant but would not be surprised if it was something that lame. I hope they step it up with a stellar title because Ron Howard and Lucasfilm teaming up should make anything possible. Hopefully we see the end of “A Star Wars Story” but you never know…