The young Han Solo film just began principal photography under the working title, Red Cup. For a project so seemingly ill-advised, it's certainly doing a lot of things right. Disney hired directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the kings of ill-advised gems like The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street to direct the project. Veteran Star Wars writer Lawrence Kasdan and his son are penning the script. The up-and-coming Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!) has been cast in the title role, with Woody Harrelson (The Hunger Games) and Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) in major supporting roles. Perhaps most encouraging of all has been the casting of fan favorite, Donald Glover (Atlanta), in the role of the young Lando Calrissian.
Naturally, any new actor replacing a Star Wars legend is going have big shoes to fill, finding a comfortable balance between respecting the original performance and adding their own voice. Fortunately, the cast of the yet-untitled Star Wars anthology film seems keen to do their homework.
Just a month ago, fans spotted Alden Ehrenreich meeting with original Han Solo, Harrison Ford for lunch, presumably to get to know the man that he would be embodying in the upcoming film. Recently, Twitter Personality Just Loren posted an image of Donald Glover and original Lando, Billy Dee Williams having a very similar kind of meeting.
— Just Loren™ (@GODDOLLARS) January 23, 2017
Fans can rest assured that Glover is taking the role seriously. He previously shared that "Lando’s a big deal. He’s the first toy I ever got… You want to live up to the expectation." It's encouraging to see that these new additions to the Star Wars universe are sparing no effort in making sure they understand the roles they are set to inhabit.
Glover tends to have a much more energetic vibe than Williams, whose own Lando was the king of suave. That said, the Lando we first meet in The Empire Strikes back was remarked upon by Han as having gone "respectable" with age. It makes sense that a younger Lando would be a bit more excitable and reckless, which Glover has played before while injecting his own brand of cool. Hopefully, his meeting with Williams will inform a faithful but unique interpretation for the new film.
Are you excited to see Glover hit the screen as Calrissian? Let us know in the comments section, and stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates on the young Han Solo movie as they hit.
Source: Just Loren (via Heroic Hollywood)
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