Lando, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Donald Glover

Why was Donald Glover destined for Solo? His first toy was a Lando action figure

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May 11, 2018

Last night, Solo: A Star Wars Story enjoyed its red carpet premiere and early reactions to the upcoming anthology film are largely positive, not only praising Alden Ehrenreich's young Han, but Donald Glover's young Lando Calrissian, who already stole the show in most of the movie's promo campaign.

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Turns out, Glover was always destined to play the role, as his first-ever toy as a kid was a Lando action figure given to him by his father. The Atlanta actor revealed this during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where he recounted how he told his agent that he desperately wanted to play the character once the project was announced way back when.

"To his credit and I appreciate it, [my agent] was like, 'I don't like your odds," Glover said with a laugh. Upon learning that he did indeed get the role, the comedian/rapper called his dad, then proceeded to buy a large cheese pizza, and sat down to watch Empire Strikes Back for "research."

Glover also met with original Lando actor Billy Dee Williams and came prepared with all these questions, but Williams's only piece of advice: "Just be charming, man." This bit of wisdon had a sobering effect on Glover, who told himself not to overthink the part. 

Since it was his father that got him into this universe as a kid, Glover invited his dad to the set during shooting. And this wasn't just some generic Hollywood soundstage, but an entire city, which had been built on a desert island.

"We just got to walk through it and just hang out," Glover continued. "And Chewbacca's on his cell phone. It was awesome." 

Watch Glover bring a young Lando to life when Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters May 25. Ahead of his cosmic debut, Glover portrayed Lando on Saturday Night Live in a sketch about the curious absence of black people in the Star Wars universe.