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Donald Glover Says Playing Lando Calrissian Is a Big Deal For Him

January 11, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Donald Glover is aware of the high expectations for Lando Calrissian’s return to the Star Wars universe. The actor, who picked up two Golden Globes for his FX series Atlanta on Sunday, spoke with USA Today about taking on Billy Dee Williams’ role in the upcoming Han Solo spinoff film.

“Not getting to eat anything enjoyable for the rest of my life,” Glover said of his preparation for the role. “Lando’s a big deal to me. It was literally the first toy I ever got. When you have something that’s kind of iconic … where people pay attention to it, it’s hard because you want to live up to the expectation. But all you can do is live up to your own. And Star Wars is really high.”

He added, “I really just want to have fun. The directors: (Christopher Miller and Phil Lord), they’re amazing. I love the guy who is playing Han (Alden Ehrenreich). It’s going to be a good time. It’s going to be fun. I’m getting ready to just have fun with those guys.”

The film stars Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han, Woody Harrelson as Solo’s mentor and Emilia Clarke in an an undisclosed role. Lord and Miller are directing the film, which will focus on how young Han Solo became the smuggler, thief, and scoundrel whom Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina at Mos Eisley. It’s set for release on May 25th, 2018.