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Michael K. Williams as Chalky White in Boardwalk Empire

Last week, the upcoming Han Solo movie celebrated the beginning of its shoot by releasing a photo of the main cast members assembled together in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon. While those will be the folks we'll see the most in the second Star Wars Anthology movie, there are still plenty of other actors who will be getting in on the action. Now it's looking like one of those actors will likely be The Wire's Michael K. Williams.

According to Variety, Michael K. Williams is in final talks to join the Han Solo movie for an important role. No details about his character were revealed, but given the actor's impressive resume, no doubt we can expect him to be someone important rather than just a cameo. If everything works out as planned, Williams will join a cast that consists of Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Michael K. Williams has been active in Hollywood since the mid-1990s, with his notable movie credits including Gone Baby Gone, 12 Years a Slave, the Robocop remake, The Purge: Anarchy, the Ghostbusters remake and Assassin's Creed. However, it's on television where he's arguably shined best, primarily through his performances as Omar Little on The Wire and Chalky White on Boardwalk Empire. While it's anyone's guess right now who Williams is playing, since the Han Solo movie will see the eponymous protagonist back in his smuggling roots, there's a good chance that Williams could be one of the seedy characters he'll run into. Williams is experienced with those kind of roles. It's also worth mentioning that since Phoebe Waller-Bridge is reportedly playing a key CGI character in the Han Solo movie (rumored to be a droid, like Rogue One's K-2SO), consider that Williams may not be playing a human, but an alien or another CGI role instead.

No concrete plot details about the Han Solo movie have been revealed to the public yet. All we know for certain is that it will follow one of Han's adventures back when the Empire was still strong and he was far from being the Rebel hero he would become in the Original Trilogy. It was rumored last year that we may see how Han won the Millennium Falcon from Lando, but that has yet to be confirmed. With all the recent casting news lately, don't be surprised if more updates are on the way in the coming weeks/months, especially last October, it was reported that Zoe Kravitz, Tessa Thompson and Naomi Scott tested for an important role, and we never received an update on how that went.

The Han Solo movie will be released in theaters on May 25, 2018. Let us know what you think of Michael K. Williams jumping aboard in the comments below.