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Published On: Wed, Jun 14th, 2017

Donald Glover on playing Lando Calrissian: one of my ‘Favorite Experiences Ever’

Disney and Lucasfilm’s young Han Solo Star Wars spin-off film has been shooting for awhile and little is known. Starring alongside Alden Ehrenreich as the titular hero will be Donald Glover as Lando.

Glover hasn’t spoken much about stepping into the role famously played by Billy Dee Williams, but in a new interview, he opens up about the “complicated” character and describes how the experience has been so far.

 

Deadline spoke with Glover on the set of Han Solo, and asked how he’s finding the experience of playing Lando:

“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.”

Lando Calrissian is one of the slickest, most charming characters in sci-fi film history.

“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.”

Han Solo: A Star Wars Story is directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and arrives in theaters on May 25, 2018.

 

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