When Phil Lord and Chris Miller started working on SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, 80% of what we see now was completely different back then. That’s because Lord and Miller were both fired for creative differences, or in other words not doing what Kathleen Kennedy expects of you. At the time of the firing one casting that I was very excited about was that of Michael K. Williams who’s best known from The Wire and Boardwalk Empire. All we knew at the time was that he was playing a gangster and that was it. Fast Forward a year later, Ron Howard finished the film actually shooting 80% of the film, in the process of his reshoots he fired Williams and replaced him with his old pal Paul Bettany.
Williams was supposed to play head of Crime syndicate Crimson Dawn, and now concept art of how he was going to somewhat look has surfaced online and it’s completely different of what the final result was. It’s now known that Howard decided to stick to a more human like minimal makeup Vos to have him appear more human in order to maintain romantic tension between Vos and Emilia Clarke’s character, Qi’ra. But these images show Vos as a alien creature that varies from reptile to even werewolf features. Way more menacing to what we have with Paul Bettany.
I honestly had no issue with Bettany’s portrayal of Vos. He was still funny and slimy and not afraid to get deadly if he needed to be but imagining a creature type Vos would have taken the character up a level and made him way more scary. Williams actually shot all of his scenes with Lord and Miller but when they were fired and Howard took over, he was not invited to the reshoots and the rest is history. It’s a shame that Williams performance will forever be on the cutting room floor and in a vault somewhere in the depths of Disney. One hopes he gets called back to play a different character soon. What do you guys think of Dryden’s original look? Which look do you like best? Let us know in the comments below.