Michael Kenneth Williams Joins the Han Solo Movie

Just a few weeks after releasing the first official photo, the Han Solo standalone film continues to cram more beloved actors into the Millennium Falcon‘s cockpit: Michael Kenneth Williams, best known for The Wire and Boardwalk Empire, joins the cast. While there were rumors about Williams’ involvement last week, StarWars.com officially confirmed the news today, saying that they were “thrilled” that this star known for “bringing charisma, humanity, and nobility to all his performances” would be part of young Han Solo’s adventures.

We don’t yet know what role Williams will play, just as most of the characters have not yet been revealed: He’s in good company with Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Thandie Newton (Westworld), and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag). Interestingly, the only roles that have been revealed so far are Han (Alden Ehrenreich), Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover), Garris Shrike (Woody Harrelson), and Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo).

Most recently, Williams has appeared in a small part in the new Ghostbusters movie, on HBO’s The Night Of and ABC’s forthcoming miniseries When We Rise, and this thoughtful video for The Atlantic, in which he asks different versions of himself if he’s being typecast:

The untitled Han Solo movie will fly into theaters May 25, 2018.

Photo: Karl Ferguson, Jr.


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