Michael Kenneth Williams, one of the film’s actors, is now a casualty of the reshoots, with his character no longer appearing in the untitled Star Wars spinoff, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Williams played a half-human, half-animal alien in the feature, but that was before Phil Lord and Chris Miller were replaced by Ron Howard in June. The move, almost unheard of so late in a film’s production, caused shooting to cease and launched an evaluation of what was already shot, before restarting with Howard at the helm in July.
With Williams now shooting the Chris Evans spy thriller The Red Sea Diving Resort in South Africa, that proved problematic.
“That would have required me on a plane a month ago to London, to Pinewood, to do reshoots,” Williams told Deadline. “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 [his SundanceTV series] Hap and Leonard, and for them to wait that long for me, that would have pushed back the release date.”
There was no choice but to “clip-clip-clip” his character, said the actor, who is currently nominated for an Emmy in the outstanding supporting actor category for movie or limited series fo HBO’s The Night Of.
The Han Solo movie has seen a few other changes in the reshoots, with both Willow star Warwick Davis and Howard’s brother, Clint Howard, added to the cast.