Our sister site Variety has reported exclusively that Michael Kenneth Williams is in final talks to join the cast of the as-yet-untitled “Star Wars” spinoff movie about smuggling scoundrel Han Solo. The role he’ll be playing is not yet known, but the film recently started production, and it’s set to be released in theaters on May 25, 2018.
Williams rose to fame on HBO’s critically hailed crime drama “The Wire,” in which he played Omar Little, a criminal known for robbing drug dealers. Since then he has appeared in a wide variety of projects, including other crime dramas like “Boardwalk Empire” and “The Night Of,” as well as the Oscar winning “12 Years a Slave,” the recent “Ghostbusters” reboot, and the gay-rights miniseries “When We Rise.” In 2015 Williams played Bessie Smith‘s husband Jack Gee in the HBO biopic “Bessie” and earned an Emmy nomination for Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor.
The plot of the Han Solo movie has also been kept under wraps, but it’s set before the events of the original 1977 “Star Wars” film, “A New Hope,” and stars Alden Ehrenreich as a younger version of the character made famous by Harrison Ford. Co-starring as Lando Calrissian is “Atlanta” star Donald Glover. The cast also includes Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
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