“Solo: A Star Wars Story” saw the replacement of its original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller with filmmaker Ron Howard. By that was not the only change to the Star Wars film about the legendary Harrison Ford character. One of the biggest casting changes to take place was that of “The Wire” star Michael K. Williams being replaced by Paul Bettany who plays Vision in Marvel cinematic universe.
But how did that replacement make Williams feel? Williams appeared on Sirius XM’s Jim and Sam show and talked about his character of Dryden Vos, one described as “half mountain lion, half human,”. He revealed (transcribed by DarkHorizons) that his main purpose in the film was to disrupt the dynamic between Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) and Qi’Ra (Emilia Clarke):
“He was extremely sophisticated. Very rich. He’d been around the world, older guy, and it was sort of a love triangle between Emilia Clarke’s character, Qi’Ra and the young Han Solo. Not where it was overtly a love triangle but there was definitely a pissing contest going on for the girl’s attention.
And [Vos] is old and [Han] is younger so it was that thing also going on, like ‘Young buck, I’ve been around the world.’ But he’s like ‘The young chick wants the young buck.’ So there was a little bit of that energy going on. But the relationship on paper was definitely with Qi’Ra and Han Solo.”
When Bettany replaced Williams for the reshoots due to scheduling conflicts, it was not clear if it was a pure recasting or a whole new role. As for the overall behind-the-scenes kerfuffle, Williams says: “I’ve seen a lot of crazy s–t, but [what happened with Solo] was one for the textbooks.”
According to Williams, Howard believed that regarding his character, the scenes with Dryden Vos would have to be completely reshot. And alas, since Williams was already on another job, that was not possible. So, Bettany will be playing Dryden Vos in the final version appearing in theaters.
Solo: A Star Wars Story features Hail, Caesar’s Alden Ehrenreich as Han, with Atlanta’s Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian and The Force Awakens‘ Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. Woody Harrelson is playing Han’s mentor, a man by the name of Beckett, while Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke, Westworld’s Thandie Newton, and Fleabag‘s Phoebe Waller-Bridge also star.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is coming to theaters on May 25, 2018.
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Author: Shawn Rice