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The upcoming Han Solo film has lost another talent. Just two months after directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller parted ways with the project, Deadline reports actor Michael K. Williams has also been cut.
According to the online news site, Williams’ got the axe because he was unable to attend the re-shoots for the movie’s new director Ron Howard. The Han Solo production conflicted with his upcoming film The Red Sea Diving Resort, which is currently being shot in South Africa with Ben Kingsley and Chris Evans.
"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 explained to Deadline. "[...] 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 details of Williams’ Han Solo character have been kept to a minimum. The actor said he was casted as a “kick-ass” half-human, half-animal—a role he was really proud of; however, it seems his part was not incredibly crucial, as producers decided to completely cut it rather than wait for Williams’ availability.
"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."
Let's hope there aren't any more casting shake-ups before production ends. God knows how disappointing it would be if Donald Glover was also cut.
The untitled Han Solo film is expected to hit theaters May 25, 2018.