Donald Glover is more than open to the idea of directing a Star Wars film down the line, saying it would be his privilege to do so, if given the opportunity. The multi-faceted artist has recently made history by being the first African-American to win the Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for his work on FX's Atlanta, a show that he created and also stars in. When asked for his thoughts about possibly helming a film set in a galaxy far, far away, the 33-year-old, while aware of the tremendous expectation that comes with the gig, said that it would be his pleasure.
Glover is not a stranger to the Star Wars franchise. He is set to star in the upcoming young Han Solo film, playing the younger version of Lando Calrissian (first portrayed by Billy Dee Williams in The Empire Strikes Back) opposite Alden Ehrenreich's take on the titular role made iconic by Harrison Ford. During his backstage speech after his Directorial Emmy win, Glover talked briefly about the behind the scenes drama on the Han Solo movie, with original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller having been replaced by Ron Howard when they had just three weeks of principal photography left. Despite the unfortunate incident, Glover feels he was fortunate to have worked with three prolific filmmakers for the price of one, so to speak.
It's not exactly a great time to go around Hollywood and ask directors about their thoughts on helming a Star Wars film, given the number of director change-ups that the franchise has undergone since Lucasfilm was acquired by Disney a few years back. Over the past few months alone, not only did the Han Solo movie go through a last-minute director switch, but Star Wars: Episode IX also swapped original co-writer/director Colin Trevorrow and replaced him with Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens filmmaker, J.J. Abrams.
While Glover is now done filming his role for the still-untitled Han Solo movie, the artist has a lot of projects lined-up for the future. Not only will he be working on Atlanta season 2 in the near future, Glover is also set to spearhead the Jon Favreau CGI reimagining of the Disney animated classic The Lion King, where he will voice Simba. In addition to all that, Glover is actively developing an animated Deadpool TV series for FX. Suffice it to say, he's probably a bit too busy at the moment to give too much thought to directing a Star Wars movie on top of everything else (as much as he might like to).
- Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019