According to a new report over at Deadline, national treasure and all-around badass Michael K. Williams has been cut entirely from the forthcoming (and as-yet-untitled) Young Han Solo movie. According to the actor himself, the issue had everything to do with - you guessed it - scheduling conflicts.
““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.”
This is a real bummer, and even moreso when you learn that Williams' character was (again, according to Deadline) a "half-human, half-animal" in the film. What the hell would that have even looked like? Will we ever get a look at that character's design? I suspect the answer to the latter question is "No", but then again, Williams himself says he may not be entirely out of the Star Wars franchise just yet:
“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.”
Curiouser and curiouser.
The Untitled Young Han Solo Movie That Will Almost Certainly Just Be Called Solo arrives on May 25th, 2018. Sound off with your thoughts on all this in the comments section below.