Donald Glover Reveals How He’s Preparing to Play Lando Calrissian in ‘Star Wars’ Filmon January 10, 2017 at 2:00 pm
“Atlanta” star Donald Glover won the Golden Globe for best actor in a TV comedy on Sunday, but he’s already thinking about another big role he’s set to play.
Last year, Disney announced that the actor had been cast as Lando Calrissian in an upcoming Han Solo “Star Wars” film.
Glover told reporters backstage that the job is a “big deal” to him, in part because Lando was “literally the first toy I ever got.”
“It’s hard,” he said of playing such an “iconic” part. “You want to live up to their expectations, but all you can really do is live up to your own.”
To prepare for the role, played originally by Billy Dee Williams, Glover joked that he’s on a strict diet. “[I’m] not getting to eat anything enjoyable for the rest of my life,” he joked. However, he’s also focused on making his time on set as enjoyable as possible.
“I really just want to have fun,” he said. “The directors, Phil [Lord] and Chris [Miller], they’re amazing. I love the guy playing Han [Solo, named Alden Ehrenreich]. It’s gonna be a good time.”
The still-untitled “Star Wars” film, which is expected to have a 2018 release date, will focus on Calrissian and Solo as young men.