While the plot of Lucasfilm’s still very much untitled Han Solo spinoff remains under wraps, it appears that we won’t know how one character plays a role in the origins story.
Because of an intense schedule and the odd timing off these reshoots, Michael K. Williams‘ character had to be cut. For more on his reaction and what he expects to see, check out the full story below.
According to Deadline, Williams was in the middle of shooting Hap and Leonard, and new director Ron Howard needed him for specific reshoots. However, because the actor wouldn’t be available until the end of November, the character was ultimately cut from the Han Solo spinoff. Here’s what he told the website:
“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 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.”
As aforementioned, we still don’t know anything about the film, but the actor revealed that he would have played “a half-human, half-animal” in the film, to which he described as “a kick-ass character, in my opinion. I’m proud of it.” Sounds like there is no animosity between the two parties. Plus there is the little matter of making the film ready for its scheduled release. And since they had to deal with some behind-the-scenes troubles, there really is no wiggle room for Howard.
But Williams doesn’t appear to be bitter about it. In fact, it looks like he wants to return to Star Wars. Here’s what he had to say:
“I don’t think that me not being in the Star Wars family is final. I left with a very good taste in my mouth about the whole family, and I hope that I left a good taste in their mouth. They’re a great group of people, the Lucas family.”
We’ll just have to wait and see if cutting the character helps or hurts the film when the Han Solo spinoff (please tell me we will have a title soon) comes out on May 25, 2018.