The Han Solo movie continues its production with a brand new face today, as Ron Howard has just added Paul Bettany to the film. The director made the announcement on Twitter, where he tweeted a photo of himself a Bettany on the set.
Your young Han Solo name is the street where you grew up plus your favorite character from The Wire — in this case, that’d be Omar, aka Michael K. Williams. Just yesterday it was revealed that the Emmy-nominated actor was cut from the upcoming Star Wars spinoff, but he made sure to leave us a nice little parting gift on his way out: The name of the mysterious character Emilia Clarke is playing in the untitled Han Solo movie.
So much for our excitement over “Omar comin’ to a galaxy far, far away.” In yet another disappointing (though not exactly ruinous) development for the Han Solo movie, a new report reveals that Michael K. Williams’ role was cut from the untitled Star Wars spinoff amid reshoots under director Ron Howard. But as an iconic gangster once said, it’s all in the game.
It’s been over a years since we first heard Dr. Dre would spin his Apple connection into semi-autobiographical series Vital Signs, yet – for all its top-shelf casting and orgies – the project seems to have disappeared. Now, star Ian McShane claims the series will arrive in August, in that usual “if Ian McShane says it, it must be true” way.
Moreso than True Detective, HBO’s criminal justice thriller The Night Of was always intended as a one-off miniseries. And while The Night Of may have proven more critically success than commercial, talk has continually swirled of a second season, which star Michael K. Williams says HBO would be “deaf, dumb, and stupid” to ignore.
As far as movies go, Assassin’s Creed is kind of in a weird spot. On the one hand, the cast of A-listers — and a budget estimated somewhere around $200 million — would suggest that the studio has every intention of overcoming the terrible track record of big screen video game adaptations. On the other hand, though, executives at game developer Ubisoft have previously admitted that they do not expect the film to make a lot of money. While they have confidence in their movie, they view it as more of a marketing effort on behalf of the games, not the other way around.
HBO’s The Night Of may not have the commercial success of initially one-off series like True Detective, but the network would be foolish to ignore the megawatt critical praise. The former James Gandolfini project will have a specific end, but producers now reveal their consideration of a second season, likely an anthology with a new subject.