We don't get to see the solo Han Solo movie until May 25, 2018, but we love hearing how much fun Donald Glover is having as Lando Calrissian.
While talking to Deadline, Glover said that playing the smooth businessman first portrayed by Billy Dee Williams is "one of my favorite experiences ever" and "really fulfilling." It also sounds like he's got some freedom to approach the character in his own way:
This is probably one of my favorite experiences ever. 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. So it's been cool.
Of course, Lando was always his favorite character, he admits. "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... I grew up on 'Star Wars.' It's just cool to see him again," he tells Deadline.
He also shares that the future BMOC of Cloud City is a lot more complicated than his buddy Han. "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."
It's not clear if he's talking about the "Empire Strikes Back"-era Lando or the younger version of the character he's playing in the prequel when he says, "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 was spotted having lunch with Williams back in February, where they talked over all things Lando. The veteran actor shared with THR later that Glover thought he wasn't as "cool" as Williams, but that Williams regards him as "a very delightful young man." And that he gave him his blessing - although not in so many words -- to take over the iconic role.
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