Michael K. Williams came closer than anybody to being in a Star Wars movie. He was actually in Solo: A Star Wars Story at one point, in the role of Dryden Vos. However, the additional shooting required by Ron Howard conflicted with Williams schedule, resulting in the need to bring in a new actor, Paul Bettany, to take over the role. Despite the fact that all his work was cut out of the film, he holds no ill will toward the franchise and would love another shot at being part of the galaxy, far, far, away. According to Williams...
Michael K. Williams still feels like a part of the movie, because from his perspective he was. He did the work and played the part and worked with the rest of the cast. Since he tells Variety he's not actually seen Solo: A Star Wars Story yet, the only version of the Dryden Vos role that he knows is the one he played. Still, it doesn't appear that he's focusing on the part that the world never saw, but instead is looking toward the future and the potential for a future role in the Star Wars universe. Since the work he did isn't technically canon, the actor is free to show up in some future movie in an entirely different role.
Since he was good enough to play a Star Wars character before, there's every reason to believe that he will be again. And we know that there will certainly be opportunities for Michael K. Williams in the future. While the details of what Lucasfilm is planning post-Episode IX are far from clear, what is clear is that new Star Wars movies are coming. Rian Johnson is working on a new trilogy and the creative team behind Game of Thrones is also working on ideas. Beyond that numerous other projects have been rumored. There have even been rumors that a project surrounding Obi-Wan Kenobi is actually currently in pre-production and set to go before the camera early next year, though nothing has been officially confirmed.
Hopefully, Michael K. Williams will get his wish as I'd certainly love to see what the actor can bring to the Star Wars franchise. Perhaps one of the deleted scenes included in the new Solo: A Star Wars Story Blu-ray will show us the role that could have been.
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CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis. Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.