Donald Glover On Playing Lando Calrissian, “He Still Has To Be Cool”

With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story now in theaters and the next one being an untitled young Han Solo film directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (21 Jump Street, The LEGO Movie), it’s a great time to be a Star Wars fan.

In a round-table discussion with Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), Issa Rae (Insecure), Damien Chazelle (Whiplash), and director Jon Favreau (Iron Man), Glover talked about playing the part of young Lando in the film

“It was the first action figure I ever had. I remember my dad giving it to me. I had a Darth Vader one and this one that I lost the cape and… the lightsaber came out of the arm, and I ripped that out. I remember Lando really well. He was like the only black guy in space. And he was the cool one. I just realized, he still has to be cool. And cool is an interesting thing. It changes. I was watching Black Mirror, and there’s an episode where they go through time and in the ’50s, there’s a nerd, and by the time he gets to the 2000s, he’s just a hipster. He’s not a nerd anymore. Cool changes depending on the perspective. Also, it’s fun because [the Han Solo movie is set] before [Empire Strikes Back], so he’s still figuring it out a little bit, which is fun.”

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, directed by Gareth Edwards, is in theaters now. The Han Solo stand-alone film is set to release sometime in 2018