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The upcoming Hans Solo Star Wars movie just lost a much anticipated character and we ain’t happy. Michael K. Williams’ unspecified role got the chop, according to the actor himself.

In an interview with Deadline, Williams explained how he played a “kickass” half-human, half-animal character that he helped develop with the recently fired directors of the film — Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Eventually, these two creatives were replaced with Ron Howard, and now the Star Wars flick has taken a new direction. Reshoots were scheduled, which unfortunately clashed with Williams’ schedule. He is currently filming the drama The Red Sea Diving Resort in South Africa with Ben Kingsley, Chris Evans, and Haley Bennett. He is also the star in the Sundance TV series Hap and Leonard. Despite the disappointment, Williams says he has no illl will towards Ron Howard or Lucasfilm for cutting him from the Hans Solo film.

“I’m not going to be back on the market until the end of November after Hap and Leonard,” Williams said. “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 continues, “I feel great about what I created with the directors that I worked with. It is what it is.”

He mentioned that he built a good reputation with the cast of the film as well, so hopefully he can return to the Star Wars universe. “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.”

Well, it sounds like Williams left on good terms but we were still looking forward to Williams rocking the Star Wars universe.


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