Solo: A Star Wars Story co-writer Jon Kasdan reveals behind-the-scenes info, including how Donald Glover was a hit with everyone.
Donald Glover made his performance as a young Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story something to remember. As a result of his performance and general likability, a theme after Solo premiered was calls for Glover to appear again as Lando in a spin-off or future movies.
The most recent advocating for Glover’s repeat as Lando comes from Solo: A Star Wars Story co-writer Jon Kasdan himself.
Kasdan released several factoids and notes about Solo early Friday morning on Twitter to honor the movie’s release on digital HD. Among them, Kasdan included praise of Glover and talked about his performance wowing Disney executive Bob Iger:
"25. At this point it goes without saying, but Donald was born to play Lando. I remember the thrill of seeing his screen test. Then the thrill of watching Bob Iger and Alan Horn watch his screen test, all of us knowing how much fun that was going to be and that he would steal each and every scene he was in. This was before Atlanta or Awaken My Love but after Community. In my opinion, Donald NEEDS to don the cape again and the sooner the better."
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That is no small praise coming from the co-writer of the movie. After all, Kasdan got to see his script come to life through Glover, and he’s letting us know what that feeling was like with this factoid.
It’s also intriguing with the mention of Bob Iger and Alan Horn. Iger, the CEO of Disney, and Horn, the chairman of Walt Disney Studios, surely have a lot of pull on the direction of Star Wars one way or another.
Glover wowing them might have left them thinking of his potential for future Star Wars movies way before we saw his Lando in theaters. We also know Glover will be in the remake of The Lion King coming in 2019 as Simba, giving Disney another up-close look at his talents.
Kasdan notes in his conclusion that the deck might be stacked against a sequel to Solo: A Star Wars Story. But that doesn’t mean a Lando spin-off is out of the question — after all, Glover’s performance left many wanting more.
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