The origin story that’s been 40 years in the making is almost here. That is, Solo: A Star Wars Story is less than two weeks away from hitting theaters, and fans are counting down the days. While there are new, never-before-seen characters making their debut, it’s the return of Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) and Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) that really hits you right in the nostalgic feels.
The coolest thing about this film is that these two characters have plenty of material that the new actors can use for research, to give the younger actors a great foundation for taking on the roles. This held true for Donald Glover in his role of Lando.
While the actor and musician may seem like a big star, he still had to work for the part like anyone else. As the press tour for Solo continues, Glover spoke about his history with the role, which dates back all the way to his childhood.
“I think as much as any, like, seven year old boy, it was like, of course you pretend to be [Lando]. I had a Darth Vader [toy], too. And Darth Vader had a lightsaber, and I bit it off and gave it to Lando. And my mom wouldn’t let me have the lightsaber anymore because she thought I’d choke on it.”
Fast forward a few decades, and a prequel is in the works. After seeing the trailers, we can certainly see that Glover looks the part, but what really makes this role special is that Glover fought for the role harder than any he ever had. This was a character he’d waited his whole life to play.
Glover had this to say about his process of getting the role:
“When I heard they were making these, I told my agent, ‘if they’re making anything with Lando in it, I have to be Lando,’ and he was like, ‘I hear you; I don’t like your odds.’ And that was exactly what I needed to hear. I really did audition like it was the only role I wanted in the world, because it really was. I’m just really happy to be part of this. My dad imprinted me with this kind of Star Wars longing, because it does feel like the Bible to me in a lot of ways.”
The best cast and crew for any film is the cast and crew that is devoted to the material, and now we certainly know that Glover has had more than devotion from the get-go. Early reviews of the film are in, and there is unanimous praise for Glover’s work and for the relationship between Lando and Han. Guess all of the work and hope paid off, at least for Glover, and, hopefully, for Lando fans out there.
Check out the behind the scenes video below, which highlights other aspects of the film and how each of the crew members attended to the details:
Solo: A Star Wars Story will be coming to theaters on May 25, 2018.