Michael K. Williams: The Wire— When We Rise 2017— Han Solo Star Wars 2018— and More by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino
Michael Kenneth Williams was born in Brooklyn, New York on November 22, 1966. He is an actor, dancer, model, activist, and reporter. As a youth he enrolled at the National Black Theatre in New York City, however, inspired by Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814, he left school and quit his job, against the wishes of his family, to pursue a career as a dancer. He landed a job as a background dancer on a music tour for Kym Sims’ dance anthem Too Blind To See It, which led to more work appearing as a dancer in videos and on tours, such as with George Michael, Madonna, as well as some modeling work. He also choreographed Crystal Waters’ 1994 single 100% Pure Love.
Michael K. Williams. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.
He was given one of his first acting roles after being discovered by Tupac Shakur and was cast as High Top, the brother and henchman to Shakur’s drug kingpin Tank, in the 1996 film Bullet. In 2002, he began the role of Omar Little on the HBO drama series The Wire and Albert “Chalky” White on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. He was also acclaimed for his role as Jack Gee, husband of Bessie Smith, in the HBO telefilm biopic, Bessie. His numerous films and television shows include The Road, Inherent Vice, The Night Of, Gone Baby Gone, Brooklyn’s Finest, 12 Years a Slave, Assassin’s Creed and Black Market with Michael K. Williams.
His most recent role is “Ken Jones” in When We Rise an American docudrama miniseries about LGBT Rights, 2017. When We Rise chronicles the personal and political struggles, set-backs, and triumphs of a diverse group of trans and queer individuals who helped pioneer an offshoot of the Civil Rights Movement from its infancy in the 20th century to the successes of today. The 45-year saga tells the evolving history of the modern queer rights movement, starting just after the Stonewall riots in 1969.
His latest project will be the Han Solo Star Wars movie (still officially untitled). He was just added to the cast today, March 6, 2017. Please see the statement below from the film’s official website. There’s no mention of what role Williams has signed up to play yet, but Donald Glover is playing a young Lando Calrissian. The movie will explore Han’s adventures before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, including their early encounters with that other card-playing rogue from a galaxy far, far away, Lando. Academy Award nominee Bradford Young of Arrival is the Director of Photography on the film.
Michael Kenneth Williams is going from his hometown of Brooklyn, New York, to a galaxy far, far away. StarWars.com is thrilled to announce that Williams has officially signed on for the upcoming untitled Han Solo Star Wars movie. Williams comes to Star Wars having played many memorable roles in both TV and film, including Omar Little in The Wire and Albert “Chalky” White in Boardwalk Empire, bringing charisma, humanity, and nobility to all his performances. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are directing the untitled Han Solo Star Wars movie from a script by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, with a cast that includes Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Thandie Newton, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, with Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. The movie will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, Simon Emanuel, and co-produced by Kiri Hart, Susan Towner, and Will Allegra. Lawrence Kasdan and Jason McGatlin will executive produce. The untitled Han Solo movie, set prior to the events of the original Star Wars trilogy, is slated for release on May 25, 2018.
LaLa Anthony and Michael K. Williams. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.
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