Michael K Williams has been cut out of Han Solo film

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From Digital Spy

The Wire's Michael K Williams claims that his top secret character has been completely cut from Star Wars' upcoming Han Solo prequel.

Williams proudly announced back in May that he was "a part of the family" when original Han Solo directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were in the middle of shooting the Star Wars Story.

However, Lord and Miller were subsequently removed from the project by Lucasfilm in favour of new director Ron Howard, and - at least according to Williams - his character went out with them.

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"I felt great about what I created with the directors that I worked with. It is what it is," he complained to Deadline. "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.

"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 [filming The Red Sea Diving Resort].

"It's scheduling. I'm not going to be back on the market until the end of November after [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."

His departure is an obvious disappointment for those of us who've been dreaming about the possibility of Omar duelling with Han Solo ever since Williams's casting was announced.

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"I don't think that me not being in the Star Wars family is final," Williams added. "I left with a very good taste in my mouth about the whole family, and I hope that I left a good taste in their mouth. They're a great group of people, the Lucas family."

Ron Howard has reportedly overhauled much of Lord and Miller's original vision for the movie since taking over in June, although he has been keen to downplay fans' worries about the finished product.

"It's a fantastic script, a great cast and I am having a fantastic creative experience with it," the filmmaker said last month.

Howard has been steadily dropping hints through on-set videos, with the most recent seemingly confirming that the Death Star will make an appearance in his movie.

Star Wars' Han Solo spin-off hits cinemas on May 25, 2018.

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