Thursday, 9 March 2017

Michael K. Williams joins Han Solo Star Wars standalone

Just when you thought the still untitled Han Solo movie might have finished locking down its leads, it goes and adds someone new. News arrives via Variety that Michael K. Williams (12 Years A Slave) has landed a role in the latest anthology spin-off.

If you are expecting to learn who he is playing at this juncture... Well, you have clearly never read a Star Wars casting story before. Suffice to say that information is a strictly held secret. So far, all we know is that Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!) is playing the young Han, with Donald Glover (The Martian) as Lando Calrissian, Joonas Suotamoas (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) once more playing Chewbacca. Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) is an unknown digitally created character, while Emilia Clarke (Game Of Thrones), Thandie Newton (The Pursuit Of Happyness) and Woody Harrelson (The Hunger Games) are all in unspecified parts, although Harrelson is reportedly a mentor figure to Han.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie) are calling the shots, and work is currently underway at Pinewood Studios. Seemingly breaking with the now traditional Star Wars December release pattern, the movie will land on 25 May next year.

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