March 3, 2017


Michael K. Williams Officially Joins Han Solo Movie

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UPDATE (3/6): It's official! Lucasfilm announced that Michael K. Williams has joined the upcoming Han Solo movie. Their statement on reads,

"Michael Kenneth Williams is going from his hometown of Brooklyn, New York, to a galaxy far, far away. is thrilled to announce that Williams has officially signed on for the upcoming untitled Han Solo Star Wars movie. Williams comes to Star Wars having played many memorable roles in both TV and film, including Omar Little in The Wire and Albert 'Chalky' White in Boardwalk Empire, bringing charisma, humanity, and nobility to all his performances."

ORIGINAL STORY (3/3): The upcoming Han Solo spinoff movie keeps getting bigger, as Variety reports Michael K. Williams is in final talks to join the cast. Details for both The Wire star's role and the actual film's storyline are still not yet revealed.

Williams' cast mates includes the previously announced Alden Ehrenreich (who takes the titular role), Donald Glover as the young Lando Calrissian, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Emilia Clarke. Woody Harrelson was also confirmed to play Solo's mentor back in January. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street, The Lego Movie) will be the film's directors, while Jon and Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) are writing the script.

Last month, Disney revealed the first official cast photo for the movie. "Han Solo - Smuggler. Scoundrel. Hero. A new Star Wars Story begins," the caption read. It also gives a glimpse of Joonas Suotamo as the iconic Chewbacca:

Star Wars fans can look out for the as-yet-untitled spinoff on May 25, 2018. It follows last December's Rogue One. The massive space franchise is currently prepping the second installment to the sequel trilogy, The Last Jedi, which premieres Dec. 15, 2017. 

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