Lucasfilm is announcing today that television and film character actor Michael K. Williams has indeed joined the cast of Han Solo: A Star Wars Story. Confirming a previous story from Variety that Michael was in talks for an undisclosed role that could be the main villain.
We couldn’t be happier for this casting and we’re extremely excited to learn more about the film. Star Wars Celebration takes place next month in Orlando and there is some expectation that Lucasfilm will have sort of presentation or panel promoting it.
Here is the full press release by Lucasfilm. Unsurprisingly, they don’t seem to mention who Williams will be playing in it.
Michael Kenneth Williams is going from his hometown of Brooklyn, New York, to a galaxy far, far away.
StarWars.com 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.
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are directing the untitled Han Solo Star Wars movie from a script by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, with a cast that includes Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Thandie Newton, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, with Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca.
The movie will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, Simon Emanuel, and co-produced by Kiri Hart, Susan Towner, and Will Allegra. Lawrence Kasdan and Jason McGatlin will executive produce.
The untitled Han Solo movie, set prior to the events of the original Star Wars trilogy, is slated for release on May 25, 2018.