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A few weeks ago, we learned that the character played by actor Michael K. Williams in the upcoming Han Solo spin-off had been cut from the film amidst reshoots. Now, we’ve learned that this is only partially true. While Williams will no longer be in the film, his character has been recast, not cut.

Paul Bettany, who has worked for director Ron Howard twice before, is heading to a galaxy far, far away…

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michael k williams cut from han solo

Michael K. Williams has been cut from the Han Solo movie amid reshoots with new director Ron Howard. The Emmy nominee for The Night Of and The Wire alum was a last-minute addition to the Star Wars standalone movie, with his casting announcement only being revealed in March of this year.

However, Williams could not accommodate the reshoots schedule currently being overseen by Howard, who stepped in after original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller left the project. This resulted in his character being cut altogether.

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In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Rian Johnson reveals scenario for early Star Wars: The Last Jedi release.
  • Donald Glover expresses confidence in Ron Howard.
  • More Battlefront II news and images.
  • And much more!

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In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Alien: Covenant gets a cool special effects video
  • Edgar Wright talks about the potential for Baby Driver 2
  • Wet Hot American Summer is getting the comic book treatment
  • M. Night Shyamalan provides an update about his progress on Glass
  • Is Annapurna Pictures poised to scoop up the James Bond franchise?
  • Noomi Rapace comments about a possible return to the Alien franchise
  • The animated sequel Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars gets a new trailer
  • And more!

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Han Solo Empire

“The Empire Looms Large.” That’s what Ron Howard, the director of Lucasfilm’s still-untitled Han Solo movie, tweeted today, along with a photo of a Death Star trooper’s helmet. So what might that mean for the new film? Let’s take a look at some Star Wars history to potentially find out.
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The Dark Tower Trailer box-office mojo

The team behind The Dark Tower had high hopes for the franchise’s future, including sequels and a show that recently landed The Walking Dead showrunner. After an underwhelming performance at the box-office this weekend, we’ll see if those grand plans for Stephen King‘s world stick. Director Nikolaj Arcel‘s movie didn’t match early tracking numbers and made only $19.5 over the weekend.

Below, learn more about how the fantasy movie did at the box-office this past weekend, and how Despicable Me 3 reigned supreme this summer.

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Clint Howard in Han Solo

Clint Howard is one of those actors who managed to simultaneously make it as a “hey, it’s that guy!” character actor while having a uniquely distinct physical look to him. That type of actor tends to blend into the background and naturally adapt to whatever project they’re in, but Howard is one of the rare examples of a performer on that level with an unmistakable face.

And now that face is heading to a galaxy far, far away. Clint’s brother, Ron Howard, slid into the director’s chair of Lucasfilm’s young Han Solo spin-off movie, and Ron has cast his brother in a role in the new film. Below, find out everything we know about Clint’s involvement, plus get a quick breakdown of all the times the peculiar-looking actor has popped up in Ron’s movies.
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The Dark Tower Problems Plagued Post-Production

After years and years of waiting for an adaptation of Stephen King‘s epic series, The Dark Tower is now only days away from opening in theaters. Will general audiences jump right into King’s bizarre fantasy world? It’s currently on track to make somewhere around $25 million this weekend, but the accessibility of the story seemed to be a concern throughout the making of the film, leading to a series of creative clashes between the filmmakers and executives at Sony.

Below, learn about some The Dark Tower behind the scenes troubles.

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Arrested Development Season 5 tease

Right now, there are two very different sides of Jason Bateman on the Netflix homepage. The stark contrast between Bateman’s face on the Arrested Development and Ozark options under Netflix Originals amuses me every time, but it’s also a reminder of the actor’s range. After telling one bleak family crime story, he’s returning to star in what started as a family crime story, Arrested Development.

Below, check out the Arrested Development season 5 tease from Bateman.

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Star Wars with Arrested Development Narration

Though Ron Howard may best be known for his time spent as a child actor playing young Opie Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show, he’s also very well known for directing films such Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code. Soon he’ll be known for taking over the Star Wars spin-off that is focusing on a young Han Solo after directors Phil Lord & Chris Miller were let go from the production following creative differences.

But Ron Howard was also the executive producer of the comedy series Arrested Development, not to mention the show’s narrator, adding an interesting meta layer to the cult favorite show that was canceled by FOX before being revived years later by Netflix. Now some clever editing has taken some of Ron Howard’s voiceover from Arrested Development and applied it to the original Star Wars trilogy giving us Arrested Rebellion. Read More »