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There are many facets to becoming a bona fide modern action hero: A high protein, low carb diet, lunges for lunch and bench press for breakfast. Okay, admittedly, physique isn't the be all and end all for the A-list, but there is a growing expectation that some physical effort will be undertaken. You've gotta earn your stripes.

After being signed on to star as a young Lando Calrissian in the Han Solo anthology, Donald Glover hasn't been able to avoid the pressure of the Hollywood body-image machine. In fact, the Atlanta star responded to the question of how he was preparing for the role by jesting part of the preparation included "not getting to eat anything enjoyable for the rest of my life."

Donald Glover won a Golden Globe for 'Atlanta' [Credit: 20th Television]
Donald Glover won a Golden Globe for 'Atlanta' [Credit: 20th Television]

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Which is a little odd, considering the Cloud City administrator is known more for his smuggling than his squats — assuming Glover is bulking up for the role. But aside from the stressful palette, gushed over the role, a challenge he is embracing on both a personal and professional level. He added:

"Lando’s a big deal to me. It was literally the first toy I ever got. When you have something that’s kind of iconic, where people pay attention to it, it’s hard because you want to live up to the expectation. But all you can do is live up to your own. And Star Wars is really high."

A Talented Cast

Lando and Han Solo [Credit: Lucasfilm]
Lando and Han Solo [Credit: Lucasfilm]

Despite the pressure, Glover has a positive outlook on production of the film, singing the praises of those involved. And he every right to considering the talent behind the camera, with directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller demonstrating a knack for defying expectation, with surprise hits such as 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie.

Then there's talented cinematographer Bradford Young (Arrival) and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan — who wrote Return of the Jedi and co-wrote The Empire Strikes Back — who is joined by his son, Jon Kasdan to pen the outing. Glover also expressed his "love" for the new Han Solo, Alden Ehrenreich, who will be joined by Emilia Clarke in an as yet unnamed role.

Glover will fill the cape of Billy Dee Williams, who played Lando in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Referred to as a "card player, gambler, scoundrel" by Han Solo, Lando was forced by Darth Vader to betray his friend, before he had second thoughts and eventually helped rescue Han before joining the Rebellion.

'Rogue One' Has Increased Anthology Expectation

The expectations on the Han Solo anthology will only be increased following the success of . It's not unfair to say Gareth Edwards's anthology has taken a few by surprise, with the final product being subversive, endlessly enjoyable and well-produced. A piece of cinema that, in itself, justifies 's decision to go down the spin-off route.

'Rogue One' has been a huge success [Credit: Disney]
'Rogue One' has been a huge success [Credit: Disney]

Unlike Rogue One, Glover and Ehrenreich have the tricky task of taking over already established and deeply loved roles. But with the level of talent on offer, Glover's obvious passion for the project, and the strict dieting regime, it looks like the film can do justice to one of cinema's coolest friendships.

Can Donald Glover and Alden Ehrenreich do justice to Han Solo?

(Source: USA Today)


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