While there have been plenty of recent casting announcements surrounding the young Han Solo film, it seemed like most of the principal cast had been nailed down. However, now Variety is reporting that veteran actor Michael K. Williams has been added to the cast and apparently it will be in a key role. It’s kind of surprising that they hadn’t solidified the role until now all things considered. After all, it’s apparently an important role, and the movie did begin production already.
Williams has been on a hot streak lately appearing in HBO’s The Night Before, as well as the ABC miniseries When We Rise. That said, most fans will recognize Williams from past HBO hits The Wire and Boardwalk Empire, where he played a pair of iconic gangsters; Omar and Chalky White respectively. Not to mention his recent supporting role in the Assassin’s Creed movie. Lucasfilm has to this point been really stingy with details regarding the movie, so it’s no surprise that nothing concrete about his character has been announced either, not even a name.
Considering that the young Han Solo film will likely see Han and Chewie dealing with plenty of shady characters involved in various sorts of illicit activities, Williams should fit right in being able to draw on previous roles. That said, he’s an incredibly charismatic actor to the point that it’s certainly within the realm of possibility that he could play the charming scoundrel type like Han and Lando- but we definitely wouldn’t bank on it. There’s even the outside chance that he could be an elder Calrissian considering that it is supposedly a key role.
Williams joins Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Woody Harrelson and Emilia Clarke, with Phil Lord and Chris Miller directing. Jon and Lawrence Kasdan are penning the script. The untitled Han Solo movie hits theaters May 25, 2018.
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