Omar comin! Well, coming to the Star Wars cinematic universe, as The Wire star Michael K. Williams is in the final stages of talks to join the cast of the untitled Han Solo Star Wars standalone film….
Actor Michael K. Williams, formerly of HBO’s The Wire, is reportedly in the final stages of talks to join Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s untitled Star Wars standalone film — Han Solo. According to Variety, the details surrounding Williams’ role in the film are unknown at this time, but should the actor sign on, he’ll be the third HBO star (Emilia Clarke from Game of Thrones and Thandie Newton from Westworld are the other two) to join the Han Solo cast.
Alongside his fellow HBO actors, Williams will also be joining Alden Ehrenreich (Han Solo), Donald Glover (Lando Calrissian), Woody Harrelson, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca). Recently, the Han Solo cast (sans Michael Williams, of course) gathered for their first official group photo. Here’s that:
Image Credit: Lucasfilm
The synopsis for the film is thus:
"The movie will explore the duo’s adventures before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, including their early encounters with that other card-playing rogue from a galaxy far, far away, Lando Calrissian. — StarWars.com"
The film is written by legendary Star Wars screenwriter Lawerence Kasdan, as well as his son, Jon Kasdan. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy will be aboard to produce, and The Lego Movie directorial team — Phil Lord and Chris Miller — will be directing.
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The untitled Han Solo Star Wars story is currently set to hit theaters on May 25, 2018.