Many fans were excited when they found out Atlanta's Donald Glover would play a young Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story. However, for Glover, the role was a dream come true. At today's Solo press conference, the actor explained how much he wanted the role, despite his agent not liking his chances.
"When I heard they were making these, I told my agent, 'if they're making anything with Lando in it, I have to be Lando,'" Glover said. "And he was like, 'I hear you; I don't like your odds.' And that was exactly what I needed to hear. I really did audition like it was the only role I wanted in the world, because it really was. I'm just really happy to be part of this. My dad imprinted me with this kind of Star Wars longing, because it does feel like the Bible to me in a lot of ways."
Glover also added an anecdote from his youth about arming his toy Lando with a lightsaber. "I think as much as any, like, seven year old boy, it was like, of course you pretend to be [Lando]. I had a Darth Vader [toy], too. And Darth Vader had a lightsaber, and I bit it off and gave it to Lando. And my mom wouldn't let me have the lightsaber anymore because she thought I'd choke on it."
Early reactions for Solo have been positive with particular praise falling on Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover’s performances as younger incarnations of Han Solo and Lando Calrissian, respectively. The Last Jedi filmmaker Rian Johnson wrote his own review for the new Star Wars film complimenting the movie overall and declaring that Ehrenreich “brings his own charm and swagger to the character” rather than merely imitating Ford.
Directed by Ron Howard from a script by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Emilia Clarke as Qi’ra and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. They’re joined by Thandie Newton as Val, Phoebe Waller-Bridge L3-37, Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos, and Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett. The film opens May 25.