Actor Donald Glover was recently cast as young Lando Calrissian in the 2018 untitled Han Solo standalone Star Wars film, and he talked to Ellen DeGeneres about what it meant to him to land that role…
When Lucasfilm officially announced that Donald Glover had been cast in the role of young Lando Calrissian, we here at Dork Side of the Force were overjoyed. Glover is the perfect actor to fill Billy Dee Williams shoes, especially in a film what will tell the origins of Han Solo, and to an extent, Lando Calrissian.
Glover was a guest on the Ellen DeGeneres show, where he spoke out for the first time about being cast as one of his childhood heroes.
I love what Glover says about one of his first Star Wars toys being a Lando Calrissian figure (along with Darth Vader). He also notes that this is a very big deal for him and that he is, of course, honored. However, Glover shouldn’t worry about trying to emulate Billy Dee Williams, because Star Wars fans can be very protective of their favorite characters. In fact, I hope he brings his own style, to the role of Lando.
Glover talked about how his parents took the news:
"“I told my dad immediately. He was like, ‘Aww.’ My mom was in the back; she was like, ‘Don’t mess it up! Don’t mess this up!’ ‘Cause Billy Dee — like, that’s hers.”"
H/T – ABC News
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Glover will join actor Alden Ehrenreich, who will play the title role of Han Solo, and the film, directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, should hit theaters worldwide in 2018.