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Solo: A Star Wars Story red carpet premiere reveals "the coolest thing" Donald Glover has ever done

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May 10, 2018

Solo: A Star Wars bursts onto the screen in just a few short weeks, but the cast and crew walked the red carpet at the World Premiere Thursday night in Hollywood. And while we are sure to learn more about Lando Calrissian in the film, on the red carpet we're learning some interesting new info about the new actor portraying him, Donald Glover.

Beneath the shadows of a giant Millennium Falcon, visual effects and VFX supervisors Rob Bredow and Patt Tubach hit the carpet to talk about working on Solo. In an interview with StarWars.com's Andi Gutierrez, they mentioned that there's "a lot in the movie for the fans," which is only getting us more pumped to take another ride on the Millennium Falcon.

Bredow and Tubach also gave some insight into how they created a realistic experience for the actors in the Millennium Falcon cockpit using LED panels and "fully rendered scenes," even getting the opportunity to surprise the actors a bit by making it really feel like hyperdrive.

"When Donald [Glover] and Phoebe [Waller-Bridge, who plays droid L3-37] pushed the hyperspace levers forward, we actually put them in hyperspace, wrapped hyperspace around them," said Bredow. "The actors freaked out a little because [the effects team] kind of surprised them."

But one of the coolest moments for Bredow came afterward, while he was standing off to the side listening via his on-set headphones. "Real quietly [Donald Glover] goes, 'This is the coolest thing I have ever done.' And I'm like, 'Oh my gosh, we gave Donald Glover a cool moment in the Millennium Falcon.'"

Tubach went on to mention that the reactions the actors had while in the cockpit are real on screen, because they were actually able to see the scenes being shown via the LED screens. He also joked that it felt "like riding a ride at Disneyland."

So next time you're on Star Tours, just pretend you're Donald Glover flying through hyperspace on the Millennium Falcon. 

Solo: A Star Wars Story jumps into theaters May 25.