In a move that proves that re-shoots can have negative effects, Michael K Williams has been cut from the Young Han Solo film. Due to Ron Howard needing to put his own stamp on the production Williams couldn’t make his schedule work to come back to the set, so he was cut.
“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,” Williams told Deadline. “And that would have required me on a plane a month ago to London, to Pinewood, to do reshoots. 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, which I believe is in May 2018. They wanted me now; I couldn’t go. So they had to clip-clip-clip.”
Williams most recently got nominated for an Emmy for his performance in the HBO series The Night Of, and he spoke to Deadline about how difficult the role was.
“I don’t think I’m ever really mentally prepared for how deep I’m going to go, until I’m actually in it. I never really know how deep the character’s going to take me, emotionally. Because things, emotions, arise in the moment, you’re never really prepared for it as it comes. I did know that it was dark, and it was heavy. I just didn’t know it was going to be that intense. It did move me, and I was a little taken aback by things I could never have planned for. The route to work is the exact same route that I take to go visit my nephew, up north in upstate New York. We would go to a location, and some of those shots were from real prisons in New York City. We shot in one of the coldest parts of the winter there. It’s a heavy world to live in for so long.”
Williams also states that he feels that there is no need for a second season of The Night Of:
“I think that all the people who want to see a second season of The Night Of should turn on the news. If you go to our communities you’ll see how many situations like the character Naz that was played by Riz Ahmed, are happening in real life. It is very unfortunate that [in The Night Of] we don’t know who took that young woman’s life, but what we do know is that that man’s life was totally destroyed because he did not have money to get the proper lawyers, and because he was of color.”