The saga of the Han Solo Star Wars spin-off movie continues. As we reported, Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired by Lucasfilm and Kathleen Kennedy a couple months ago. Ron Howard then joined the project as their replacement just a few short days later and is now in the process of principal photography as well as the planned 5 weeks of reshoots. With Howard joining the film, it seems he is reshaping the project that Lord and Miller left behind. That’s not too surprising since it was rumored that the previous directors had “creative differences” with the Star Wars brain trust, mainly Kathleen Kennedy.
Something else that leads to films like this changing is scheduling conflicts with actors and that seems to be the case here. In a new interview with Deadline, Emmy-nominee Michael K. Williams says that his role in the film has been cut due to his commitment to his spy drama The Red Sea Diving Resort and his Sundance TV show Hap and Leonard. It seems like Lucasfilm would have to push back the May 25, 2018 release of the Star Wars spin-off to accommodate Williams schedule, which understandably, they didn’t want to do. He does, however, describe his character in the film as “half-human, half-animal”.
“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.“
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