The Wire star Michael K. Williams is in final talks to join the upcoming Han Solo spinoff starring Alden Ehrenreich, Variety has learned exclusively. (Update: Disney has officially confirmed that Williams joined the cast of the film.)
Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Woody Harrelson and Emilia Clarke are already set to co-star in the Disney-Lucasfilm feature, directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Jon and Lawrence Kasdan are penning the script.
The untitled Han Solo movie hits theaters in May 2018. Production is currently underway.
Details about Williams' character are unknown, as are plot details for the movie, other then it being an origin tale of the rogue smuggler.
Produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Allison Shearmur, the Star Wars spinoff takes place before the original movie A New Hope, similar to the recent spinoff, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Released in December 2016, Rogue One has grossed over a billion dollars worldwide.
Williams is coming off several major performances on television. In HBO's The Night Of, he played Riz Ahmed's fellow inmate and mentor Freddy Knight. He also appears in the ABC mini-series When We Rise (which premieres in Australia March 11 on SBS VICELAND, and is streaming now at SBS On Demand). Coming up, he also has Season 2 of the SundanceTV series Hap and Leonard.
Catch Michael K. Williams in the following shows on SBS On Demand:
When We Rise
When We Rise chronicles the personal and political struggles, set-backs and triumphs of a diverse family of LGBT men and women who helped pioneer one of the last legs of the US Civil Rights movement from its turbulent infancy in the 20th century to the once unfathomable successes of today.
Actor Michael K Williams meets society's outcasts in an unflinching look into the lives of the people who work in underworld economies. Drawing on his own past living on the fringes, Williams gains unprecedented access into these worlds, treading a dangerous line to bring us a glimpse of lifestyles that many of us rarely see.