While Star Wars fans may have most of their attention on The Last Jedi for the time being, that hasn’t lessened the excitement for the untitled young Han Solo movie, the next installment of the standalone anthology films. Joining the young smuggler on his adventure will be Lando Calrissian, with Donald Glover now taking on the role previously played by Billy Dee Williams. In an interview with Deadline, Glover discussed his experience working on the film and revealed why Lando is his favorite character in the Star Wars saga.
Glover discussed the creative freedom he has been given while playing the role and the respect he has for the character:
“This is probably one of my favorite experiences ever. For working under, like, a huge conglomerate, it’s actually been quite an enjoyable, artistic thing. I get to play him in a way that I think is honest and true and cool. And it’s great ’cause I didn’t have to write anything, I’m focused strictly on being this guy. And I really respect him and I respect the actor who played him before. I’ve learned a lot about this character, so it’s actually been really fulfilling and nice to just turn off everything else and focus on just being someone. So it’s been cool.”
Glover explained why Lando is his favorite Star Wars character while discussing why he believes the character resonates with so many fans:
“Lando seems to be a lot of people’s favorite character. It’s cool. It’s a lot of pressure, but it’s also very exciting. He was my favorite character too. I grew up on Star Wars. It’s just cool to see him again. I feel like people like him ’cause he has a lot of style, but also he’s a complicated character in this world. I think even Han isn’t as complicated as Lando is. From the first time you meet him, you don’t know whether to trust him or not, and you’re constantly not knowing whether to trust him. I like that about him.”
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Directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, Michael K. Williams and Ian Kenny.
The untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story is scheduled to be released in theaters on May 25, 2018.