Deadline reports Omar is no longer comin’ to a galaxy far, far away as Michael K. Williams (The Wire) has been cut out of the Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story altogether in the midst of the film’s reshoots which are currently underway with director Ron Howard at the helm.
The actor was announced to have joined the project back in March. While character details remained under wraps, Williams had reportedly been cast in a key role. But with Howard being tasked with taking over as director following the firing of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the reshoots have no caused scheduling conflicts for Williams which have led to his exit from the project. Williams remains committed to The Red Sea Diving Resort which stars Ben Kingsley and Chris Evans. The film is set to shoot in South Africa.
Williams explained to Deadline his departure from the Star Wars spinoff:
“I felt great about what I created with the directors that I worked with [Lord and Miller]. 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.”
The actor also offered up some details regarding his character which he was a half-human, half-animal and that “we created a kick-ass character, in my opinion. I’m proud of it.” But all hope does not seem to be lost as Williams remains optimistic that he could one day get his chance to appear in a Star Wars film. The actor told Deadline:
“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.”
The Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story has been written by Lawrence Kasdan and son Jon Kasdan. The film stars Alden Ehrenreich as the young Han Solo along with Joonas Suotomo as Chewbacca and Donald Glover as the young Lando Calrissian. The cast also includes Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Ian Kenny.
The Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story is currently slated for release on May 25, 2018. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of the Star Wars franchise as we learn it.
8 ‘Star Wars’ Spin-Off Movies We Really Want To See
May the 4th be with you, everyone! Even on May the 8th! With Star Wars weekend in the rear-view mirror, it’s still a great time to kick back, get out your old glow-in-the-dark lightsaber toys and Darth Vader Halloween masks, and pop in those original trilogy DVDs. Maybe even all 8 currently-released films, if you’re up for the challenge (both mental and otherwise). Speaking of which, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story just came out on Blu-ray, marking the first home release of many Star Wars spin-off movies to come.
Of these, only one future title has been confirmed – Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, to be released in May of 2018. Beyond that, we know Disney had at least two more planned, and probably more down the line. And why not? The Star Wars universe is so ripe for exploration. There are so many characters we were introduced to in the Saga movies that could easily get their own film. And it doesn’t stop there. The legacy of the Jedi and the Sith go back thousands of years, opening up virtually endless possibilities of story material.
Given this abundance of material just waiting to be tapped into, Heroic Hollywood decided to celebrate the Star Wars holiday by compiling a list of the Star Wars stand-alone movies we’d most like to see. While some of the films on this list are more likely to be developed than others, they each share one unifying factor: they’d all be freakin’ awesome!
Heroic Hollywood proudly presents the 8 ‘Star Wars’ Spin-Off Movies We Really Want To See! Click next to get started. And may the Force be with you!