Lando’s back, baby! Lando Calrissian — a con-artist described by the film’s central smuggler as “a card player, a gambler, a scoundrel” — is one of the most anticipated characters set to return to the Star Wars universe in the upcoming Han Solo anthology movie. In a recent interview with Deadline, Donald Glover, the Community star who is set to star as the young Lando, talked a little about the experience of working on his first Star Wars movie and teased that Lando may be even more complex than the film’s protagonist.
“This is probably one of my favorite experiences ever,” Glover shared. “For working under, like, a huge conglomerate, it’s actually been quite an enjoyable, artistic thing. I get to play [Lando] 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.”
Later in the interview, the actor also took some time to reflect on Lando’s enduring popularity among fans, saying, “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.”
Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller from a script by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, the Han Solo film stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Michael K. Williams and Woody Harrelson. The as-yet-untitled Star Wars anthology film arrives on May 25, 2018.