Michael Kenneth William has dropped out of Lucasfilm's as-yet-untitled Han Solo film as part of the Ron Howard-led reshoots, according to the actor. The Wire alum did scenes for the film during original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller's time on the film, but when reshoots and a new director changed the production schedule it became untenable with the actor's commitment to the upcoming movie The Red Sea Diving Resort.
“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,” Williams told Deadline. “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.”
Williams' Star Wars character had not been disclosed, but the actor relayed that it was a half-human, half-animal that was "a kick-ass character, in my opinion. I'm proud of it."
Williams said that he hopes to be hired for a future Star Wars film, despite the poor timing here with Han Solo.
“I don’t think that me not being in the Star Wars family is final,” Williams said. “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 as-yet-untitled Han Solo film is scheduled to be released May 25, 2018.