Solo: A Star Wars Story star Donald Glover says he could appear as a CGI Lando in the future as his face and body were scanned by Lucasfilm. Given the behind-the-scenes chaos on the upcoming Star Wars prequel film, fans have been understandably worried. It hasn't helped that marketing for the film essentially didn't start until the Super Bowl saw the release of the first Solo trailer. Now, we're less than three months from the next Star Wars movie and it's not clear whether the new take on Han Solo will live up to the legend.
What's been clear, however, since the first teaser for Solo: A Star Wars Story was released, is that Donald Glover is going to be a fan-favorite. The Internet went wild sharing GIFs of the few scenes featuring the character, all without him uttering a word. The actor's work on Atlanta and Community has already afforded him praise, and his rendition of Lando looks to be more spot on than his co-star's take on Han. Now, it seems that even death won't stop fans from enjoying Glover in the role.
The New Yorker spoke with Donald Glover about everything he has going on this year, from the new season of Atlanta to fulfilling his dream of joining the Star Wars universe for Solo. Amidst the chat, Glover dropped an interesting piece of information that could have major implications for the future of both Star Wars and entertainment as a whole.
“I’m scanned into Star Wars now, my face and body. Who’s to say that at some point they won’t take that scan and say, ‘Let’s make another movie with Donald. He’s been dead for fifteen years, but we can do whatever we want with him.’"
While Glover takes the whole thing in stride, it seems that Lucasfilm is essentially taking control of an actor's likeness in perpetuity. It's assumed other actors had a similar treatment, meaning the characters could appear in films long after the actors have passed. And what this means for the future of films and other media could be complicated.
Lucasfilm has already done a version of this, reconstructing Peter Cushing after his death in the '90s so Grand Moff Tarkin could have a role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. That film also featured a similar technique for young Princess Leia, which fans have speculated could be how Carrie Fisher is given an exit in Star Wars 9. Lucasfilm has said Leia won't return as CGI, but it seems the option is certainly on the table for other characters and actors.
For now, Glover will tackle the role of Lando at least once in Solo. The director of The Last Jedi praised Solo, indicating it's a worthy entry into Star Wars canon. Of course, many fans are none too pleased with how Rian Johnson handled his own film, so his opinion may not hold weight with some. Luckily, we don't have much longer until we can judge Solo: A Star Wars Story for ourselves.
Source: New Yorker
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019