The upcoming Star Wars anthology film starring everyone’s favorite scruffy-looking nerf herder is in the midst of reshoots with new director Ron Howard at the helm, and it looks like Phil Lord and Chris Miller aren’t the only people who won’t be around for the Han Solo spinoff’s final cut.
According to a report on Deadline, Michael K. Williams, who many will recognize as Omar Little from HBO’s groundbreaking crime drama The Wire, has seen his character cut due to Howard’s attempt at molding previously shot footage from the fired directors and new material into a fully functional film.
“I felt great about what I created with the directors that I worked with,” Williams said. “It is what it is…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,” Williams continued. “It’s scheduling. I’m not going to be back on the market until the end of November after [his Sundance television 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.”
Based on a script by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, the Han Solo spinoff stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, in addition to Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Woody Harrelson. The as-yet-untitled film is scheduled to hit theaters on May 25, 2018.
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