Michael K Williams – best known for his role as notorious Baltimore stick-up man Omar Little in The Wire – has confirmed he will join the cast of Star Wars‘ forthcoming Han Solo spin-off movie.
Following reports that Williams was in talks for a role, the 50-year-old New Yorker has now confirmed the news. “Yes ma’am,” he told Entertainment Weekly when asked about the rumours. “I think it’s pretty safe to say, yeah, I think I’m going to be a part of the family.”
As yet, there are no details of the plot line or who Williams’ character may be.
Williams, who has had roles in a number of films including The Road, Inherent Vice and 12 Years a Slave, recently starred in the HBO series The Night Of alongside Riz Ahmed.
He also appeared with Donald Glover in Community and played the character of Chalky White in Boardwalk Empire.
Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!) will play the young Han Solo, while Emilia Clarke has an unspecified role.
Donald Glover – also known as rapper Childish Gambino – has been cast as the film’s young Lando Calrissian.
The film will focus on the early days of Han Solo’s adventures with Chewbacca and Lando, several years before he encountered Luke Skywalker and joined the galactic Rebellion.
It’s due in cinemas in 2018, though an exact date has yet to be set.
The Han Solo origin film will be directed by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord (Lego Movie).