Michael K. Williams Reveals Emilia Clarke’s Character Name and More from Han Solo

Yesterday we learned that Michael K. Williams would be cut from the upcoming Han Solo film, and now it appears the actor has revealed a couple of bits from the project he has since departed.



In speaking with Vanity FairWilliams touched on his entry into the Star Wars galaxy, and ultimately his exit. As most actors of all fame and fortune, he was still star struck by a seven foot walking carpet:


“I was surprised I got the project in the first place,” Williams confesses. “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.”



The article proceeds to skim over a brief quote that to the average reader doesn’t really mean much at all, but not to a die-hard Star Wars fan, as it would appear we have a name for Emilia Clarke’s character:


Williams had already filmed all of his scenes as a new character to the universe—“a link between Han Solo and Emilia’s character, Kira”—when Lucasfilm suddenly announced in June that it was replacing directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller with Ron Howard.


Some of you may recall that “Kira” was a working title name used for Rey in The Force Awakens. But before you start calling Khaleesi Rey’s Mom, remember Lucasfilm is known for borrowing names/working titles/and concepts and placing them elsewhere in projects.


Williams goes on to confirm that his character is being cut from the film, solely due to scheduling conflicts that have since stemmed from the replacement of Lord and Miller, as his scenes had been completed before the change in hierarchy.


“I would have had to be in London right now reshooting,” Williams says of Star Wars. “The only option was to cut my character from the film. But I feel very confident that I’ll be back in the galaxy, just not in the Han Solo project.”


In regards to who his character was, it sounds like someone of significance, and not just some side character, which makes the cut harder to fathom, and leads us to speculate that this movie may be going through way more drastic plot/story changes under Ron Howard than we anticipated.


“He wore this beautiful white kimono, was very regal. He had class, money strength, charisma . . . and he knew how to fight. He was a warrior. He had a lot of prestige. If he lived in our world he would probably hang out with Jay Z and Beyoncé.”


It sounds like Williams’ character might be in line with Clarke’s “Kira”, as there was a photo leaked to TMZ showing Clarke in attire similar to the description Williams gives of his character’s wardrobe: Regal, white, kimono. Perhaps dignitaries from a specific place where similar attire to one another? We’ve seen thematic wardrobes before in Star Wars and other fantasy films.


So what do you make of Williams’ character’s description? It certainly sounds like he was a bit more than a small role, and by his attire he may very well have a close tie to Emilia Clarke’s character, which we’ll call Kira until confirmed otherwise.


Perhaps the Han Solo film is undergoing more content changes than we initially anticipated. How far off the path did Lord and Miller go? Is Ron Howard bringing the film back to Larry Kasdan’s script or are the two working to reshape this thing?



Source: Vanity Fair via SWU



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20 thoughts on “Michael K. Williams Reveals Emilia Clarke’s Character Name and More from Han Solo

  • August 23, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    I really hope that Michael K Williams gets another shot in the Star Wars galaxy later on.

    • August 23, 2017 at 9:01 pm

      I’m sure he will, he certainly seems to think so.

    • August 24, 2017 at 11:21 am

      Friendly reminder – Tatiana Maslany was offered roles for both Rogue One and The Last Jedi, and presumably she’ll be offered future roles as well. They’ll be sure to keep in touch.

      – Pomojema

      • August 24, 2017 at 7:42 pm

        Oh I so hope so. Love Tatiana. Maybe only actress that could play a shape shifter and be every different body she shifts into.

    • August 23, 2017 at 9:16 pm

      It’s in the article!

    • August 24, 2017 at 2:39 am

      Interesting, especially as Emilia Clarke also plays the mother of dragons… this would mean that Rey Skywalker is also a Targaryen and has a legitimate claim on the iron throne, although probably a throne made of lightsabers or something anyway.

  • August 23, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    His character could still play a major role, they could’ve recast it.

    • August 23, 2017 at 9:50 pm

      Ah you beat me to it.

    • August 25, 2017 at 5:46 am

      It looks like the tweet that was put out by the girl has been withheld by Twitter due to copyright issues. May be something to this.

      • August 25, 2017 at 1:26 pm

        Oh, that’s very interesting.

  • August 23, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    I think this news pretty much confirms a plethora of banthas throughout the film.

    • August 23, 2017 at 9:32 pm

      But will any of them be wacky? We are left to only ponder.

  • August 23, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Emilia Clarke’s Kira is Rey’s mother CONFIRMED!!!!

    (for the dense, the above is sarcasm!) 😉

  • August 23, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    Any chance we get a teaser or at least a name for this film in the near future?

  • August 24, 2017 at 11:16 am

    It’s real, but toy line names do not equal official movie names.

    Although I suspect that they could be one and the same after Ron Howard is done retooling the movie.

    – Pomojema

    • August 25, 2017 at 5:23 am

      Kira, to me, sounds better than Kura. MSW will be right or wrong. They swore up and down that Daisy’s name in TFA was going to be Kira.

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