There has been a lot of secrecy and rumors regarding the Star Wars standalone film about Han Solo. We barely know any of the character’s names other than Han Solo and Lando Calrissian, and we didn’t even find out the name of the movie until today! It was reported yesterday that Michael K. Williams’ role has been cut from the movie, and in an interview with Vanity Fair, he let slip the name of Emilia Clarke’s character in the movie.
When asked about the details of his character, Williams described him as:
“a link between Han Solo and Emilia’s character, Kira”
This really doesn’t reveal anything about Emilia Clarke’s character, but what is interesting is that ‘Kira’ was actually the conceptual name for ‘Rey’ in the The Force Awakens.
However, after recent reports from MakingStarWars.net, it has been revealed that ‘Kira’ is actually spelled ‘Kura’. This, again doesn’t give any new information for speculation on the character, but I’m assuming that the name is still a nod to the concept of ‘Kira’.
Michael K. Williams also added this about his time on set:
“I fanned out a little bit when Chewbacca walked on set. I kind of freaked out and hugged him at the waist. All you can grab is the waist because he’s so tall.”
He is also certain that he will return to the Star Wars universe in another film:
I feel very confident that I’ll be back in the galaxy, just not in the Han Solo project.”
I was sad to see that his role was cut from the movie, and I hope his exclusion doesn’t retract from the story at all. I’m also very excited to see how Emilia Clarke’s character will turn out.
The untitled young Han Solo film hits theaters on May 25th, 2018 and stars Alden Ehrenreich (Hail Caesar!) as Han Solo, Donald Glover (Atlanta) as Lando Calrissian, Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Woody Harrelson (True Detective) as Beckett, Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag), Thandie Newton (Westworld), and Joonas Suotamo (The Force Awakens) as Chewbacca. The film is directed by Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind), with a script by Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back) and his son Jon Kasdan (The First Time).