Following a report last week that the “Wire” star was in final talks for a role, Lucasfilm has made it official: Michael Kenneth Williams has been cast in the Han Solo “Star Wars” anthology film. Although no details were revealed about his character, but it was previously described as a “key role.”
News of Williams’ casting arrives less than two weeks after Lucasfilm announced the start of production on the film, which centers on the early years of the smuggler and gambler turned Rebel hero, famously played in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, and again in 2015’s “The Force Awakens,” by Harrison Ford.
Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (“The LEGO Movie”), the standalone film also stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, with Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton and Phoebe Waller-Bridge appearing in undisclosed roles.
A veteran of film and television whose credits include “12 Years a Slave,” “Bessie,” “Community” and “The Night Of,” Williams is best known for his roles as Omar Little on “The Wire” and Chalky White on “Boardwalk Empire.” He’s also the host of Viceland’s documentary series “Black Market with Michael K. Williams.”
Set just prior to the events of 1977’s “Star Wars,” the untitled Han Solo movie is targeted for release on May 25, 2018.
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