A fresh rumor circulating around Hollywood suggests that none other than Michael K. Williams will be the main villain in the Star Wars spinoff Star Wars: A Han Solo Story. Negotiations are underway to have the 50-year old star from The Wire and Triple 9 take on the part. Although the details about his name and exact role are still being kept under wraps.
Justin Kroll from Variety leaked the story on twitter to claim that Williams will be the bad guy of the upcoming blockbuster.
"I wasn't able to confirm but feel MKW is the villain in the pic from other sources."
All Good Sci-Fi's Need A Worthy Villain
Filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller will be out to match or surpass their current casting, having slotted Alden Ehrenreich as the younger Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Woody Harrelson as Solo's mentor Garris Shrike. And even 30-year old Finnish basketball player Joonas Suotamo to play Chewbacca! Disney and LucasFilm released a public statement last month to state on the record that production is already underway. Intimating that the casting has to be close to secured by the time the cameras roll.
"The adventure-filled past of the iconic scoundrel and everyone's favorite Wookiee is going before cameras this month when principal photography on the untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story officially began February 20th at Pinewood Studios, London."
The backroom staff is ready to rock. Assembling the likes of Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, Simon Emanuel, Kiri Hart, Susan Towner and Will Allegra as producers. The directing duo could not be happier at the team that have accrued.
"Watching such inspired people from all over the world, with such unique voices, come together for the sole purpose of making art, is nothing short of miraculous. We can't think of anything funny to say, because we just feel really moved, and really lucky."
MKW A Long Time In The Making
So often in this industry, one role can act as a game changer. In 2002, Williams was still a relatively unknown stage performer who had a handful of guest appearances on Law & Order, all before taking the part of Omar Little in HBO's cult his The Wire.
This would propel Williams onto projects including Boardwalk Empire and greater opportunities on the big screen like 12 Years a Slave, RoboCop, Inherent Vice, Ghostbusters and Assassin's Creed. Should he make his character as engaging as what he portrayed in these features, then the studio will have made a wise decision.