Donald Glover (“Atlanta”) recently addressed the director switch-out for the upcoming, untitled Han Solo solo film, in which he portrays Lando Calrissian. The “Star Wars” solo film made headlines when original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, best known for directing the “Lego” movie, were unceremoniously fired after lengthy debates with the studio over directorial choices. Ron Howard (“A Beautiful Mind”) was brought in to finish up the film, which was nearing completion at the time of Lord and Miller’s firing.
The actor/rapper/writer/auteur spoke about the shakeup in an interview for THR for their latest cover story, saying:
“Ron is such a legend, and he knows exactly what the vision for what he is doing is … [but Phil and Chris] hired us, so you sort of feel like, ‘I know I’m not your first choice …’ And you worry about that. To be honest, I don’t know exactly what happened. I feel like I was the baby in the divorce, or the youngest child. The oldest child is like, ‘We know what’s happening, but we are keeping you out of it.’ And I’m just like, [Glover’s voice rises several octaves] ‘Was that scene good? How did you feel?’ “
Glover also spoke about meeting Billy Dee Williams, who originated the role of Lando in “Star Wars” Episodes 5 and 6. He told THR he wore fake glasses and a fake nose to meet the fellow actor in a “top-secret torch-passing” arranged by Lucasfilm. Glover is a huge “Star Wars” fan, and quickly got down to business dissecting the beloved character; when he finally asked Williams for his thoughts on the character, he replied, “Yeah, I don’t know about all that. Just be charming.”
The untitled Han Solo film also features Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”), Woody Harrelson (“No Country for Old Men”), Thandie Newton (“Westworld”), and Alden Ehrenreich (“Beautiful Creatures”) in the titular role.
The untitled Han Solo film comes out May 2018, according to EW.