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Donald Glover Says Playing Lando Calrissian is Very Fulfilling

June 7, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Donald Glover spoke with Deadline for a new interview about his role as Lando Calrissian in the new Han Solo Star Wars film. Glover said that he’s excited to be taking on the role and talked about his approach to the character, made famous by Billy Dee Williams.

“It’s a lot of pressure,” Glover said. “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.”

Glover also said he’s finding the role very fulfilling as an actor, saying, “For working under, like, a huge conglomerate, it’s actually been quite an enjoyable, artistic thing. I get to play him 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.”

Glover stars with Alden Ehrenreich (Han) in the film alongside Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Woody Harrelson as Han’s mentor, a man by the name of Beckett, with Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Michael K. Williams and Phoebe Waller-Bridge playing as-yet-unrevealed roles. It releases on May 25th, 2018.

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