Billy Dee Williams on Donald Glover Playing Lando Calrissian: “Nobody’s as Cool as Me.”
The Untitled Han Solo prequel movie recently began principal photography, which means that it’s “go time” for Alden Ehrenreich to wear the vest and man-up as the new Han Solo. Of course, he did have some help from the original, as we all discovered last month, when he was spotted having lunch with Harrison Ford.
Donald Glover, who will join Ehrenreich in the prequel as a young Lando Calrissian, also reached out to the actor who originated his role, Billy Dee Williams, meeting up for lunch in Los Feliz to pick his brain about the character (see below). We haven’t yet heard what Ford thought of his meeting with Ehrenreich, but Williams told THR that he found Glover to be a “very delightful young man.”
We had a very nice lunch and we talked for a very long time and it was very easy. He had questions about [Lando]. I guess he was doing what normal actors do, they just want to find out what direction they want to take so they gather their information. So, we just sat and talked and I didn’t want to impose on anything he wanted to do, he’s got his own ideas, I would imagine. I know he has his own ideas. He’s a very talented young man.
Of course, when it comes to being smooth, Williams joked that no one can compare with his version of Lando.
Well, nobody’s as cool as me. (Laughs.) That’s a tough way to go. No, I’m only joking. Donald is eclectic, I think that’s really important particularly for the character of Lando. He is particularly eclectic in the way he approaches his art. When I talked to him I really got the sense of him being a worldly person.
The Untitled Han Solo movie is being directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller from a script written by Lawrence Kasdan and Jon Kasdan. The movie is slated for release in 2018.
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