Donald Glover is having a blast shooting Disney and Lucasfilm's untitled Han Solo standalone Star Wars film. The Atlanta and Community star is playing Lando Calrissian, the role defined by Billy Dee Williams in The Empire Strikes Back. The 33-year-old actor isn't taking his role for granted, and
Speaking to Deadline, Glover said, "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 added.
Glover described what he like about his character: "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."
Of course, Glover is aware of the amount of pressure to play this iconic Star Wars role: "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," Glover admitted. "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."
It sounds like Glover understands his complex character pretty well. I think he's the perfect actor for the role, and I can't wait to see how he'll portray him when the Han Solo film hits theaters on May 25, 2018.