Michael K. Williams was originally set to play crime boss Dryden Vos in Solo: A Star Wars Story, but he couldn't make it to reshoots after Ron Howard took over, so he got replaced by Paul Bettany. We don't know how much of the original character will be retained, but Williams offers a character description for his version of Vos.
Talking to the Jim and Sam Show, Williams shared:
"[Dryden Vos] was extremely sophisticated. Very rich. He'd been around the world, older guy, and it was sort of a love triangle between Emilia Clarke's character, Qi'Ra and the young Han Solo."
Though a romance won't be outright shown in the film, Williams mainly uses the ‘love triangle' metaphor as a point of reference:
"Not where it was overtly a love triangle but there was definitely a pissing contest going on for the girl's attention… And [his character, Dryden Vos] is old and [Han] is younger so it was that thing also going on, like, ‘Young buck, I've been around the world.' But he's like, ‘The young chick wants the young buck.' So there was a little bit of that energy going on. But the relationship on paper was definitely with Qi'Ra and Han Solo."
Williams version of Vos was described as ‘half mountain lion, half human' but Paul Bettany's version will be repurposed as a full human. Though I have no qualms about Bettany taking over the character, there's no doubt that Williams looks the more imposing of the two. I bet the character's ‘mountain lion' genes were also made to make Willaims look more threatening. Did you know his facial scar is real?
Williams may have been cut from Solo, but hopefully Lucasfilm brings him into another Star Wars film. How about Episode IX?
Solo: A Star Wars Story comes out May 25.