Emmy-nominated Michael Kenneth Williams was set to feature in the forthcoming untitled ‘Star Wars’ Han Solo anthology film – but now we’ve discovered that his part has been cut from the film due largely to reshoot conflicts.
Williams had already shot his scenes with the film’s previous directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller – but when Ron Howard took over the directorial duties from the duo, additional footage was needed and, as Williams outlined in a recent interview, he just couldn’t make the schedule work:
“I felt great about what I created with the directors that I worked with. 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. 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.”
While much of the details of the film have been closely guarded, Williams did mention that his character was a half-human, half-animal being and that he was very proud that “we created a kick-ass character” – one, sadly, that fans may never see.