The Millennium Falcon might have to make room for another passenger. The Wire grad Michel K. Williams is in talks to join Disney-Lucasfilm highly-anticipated Han Solo spinoff.
Variety first reported that Williams is in final negotiations to join the standalone Star Wars pic which includes Alden Ehrenreich as the iconic space smuggler as well as Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Woody Harrelson and Emilia Clarke. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are directing the script from Jon and Lawrence Kasdan. Kathleen Kennedy and Allison Shearmu are set to produce.
No details have been given about Williams’ role, but it is said to be a key character in the origin story of Han Solo which is set in the time before A New Hope. Further details about the movie have been given about the project, but production has started on the yet-to-be-titled movie — as seen in this first look photo of the cast in the Millennium Falcon.
This will mark the second standalone Star Wars pic after the uber-successful Rogue One, which raked in over a billion dollars worldwide. Chances are that the Han Solo spinoff will mimic this success, but a lot seems to be at stake because Ehrenreich has the weight of playing an iconic character from a legendary franchise on his shoulders. All eyes will be on him as critics and rabid fans will either give him Force Awakens praise or prequel shame. The untitled Han Solo spinoff is slated for a May 25, 2018 release date.
Williams has a long list of diverse credits to his name including his most recent work in the Sundance Channel series Hap and Leonard. His film credits include Assassin’s Creed, Ghostbusters, Triple 9, 12 Years a Slave, Inherent Vice, and the upcoming Emilio Estevez-directed drama The Public.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer