Lando Calrissian had debuted in ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ in the Star Wars franchise. He did not get much of screen time, but he became a fan-favorite due to his charm, courage, and wit. Billy Dee Williams had portrayed Lando, and Donald Glover will play the younger version of this character in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Williams has parted impart a few words of wisdom in Glover to embrace this gambler.
“It was really, really relaxed. He was great. I mean, I had a lot of questions,” Glover had said.
“And then he just told me, just be charming. [Laughs] And so, I was like, ‘Okay!’ I just kind of did that. He said, ‘Just be interested in things.’ Lando has, I wouldn’t say eccentric, but eclectic tastes. So I tried to work that into the role as much as possible.”
Glover admires Lando and says that he only black man in the universe:
“I just wanted to know, Star Wars was such a big deal and then they make the second one and you’re kind of the first and the almost only black guy in the universe at that point,” Glover pointed out. “I was like, How did you go into that? What were your thoughts? It’s always a big thing when you break a mold. What was the thought process of that? He gave some good advice about this, about being yourself as much as possible, making the character a real person, rather than the whole identity for a whole group of people.”
Lando is not the only one who is being portrayed by a new face as Alden Ehrenreich will take up the role of Han Solo. Harrison Ford had also given some advice to Ehrenreich:
“What [Ford] did so beautifully for Alden was he talked a lot about what he remembered when he first read Star Wars, and what George had done with Han. Who the character was and the conversations he had for so many years with George about how that character developed,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy revealed of the Han Solo discussion. “He gave Alden that kind of insight which was invaluable. There were several times in the course of making the movie where Alden would actually recount some of the things that Harrison had pointed out. I think that was really, really helpful to him.”
We can all see Glover and Ehrenreich in action when Solo: A Star Wars Story releases on May 25.