Michael K Williams will no longer appear in the Han Solo film
Williams revealed that his availability for reshoots was behind bosses’ decision to axe his role in the still untitled spin-off.
Williams, an Emmy nominee for his role in The Night Of, told Deadline: “It is what it is.”
He explained: “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.
The star was not available for reshoots
It’s another dramatic turn in the Han Solo movie’s production
“But I’m here, on location in Africa. It’s scheduling.”
He clarified: “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’ character was, it is believed, a half-human, half-animal; someone truly “kick-a**”.
The Han Solo movie has suffered a string of setbacks, most notoriously the firing of directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
They were hastily replaced by Ron Howard.
The Han Solo movie remains on course for release next May.