Update: Ron Howard just shared a second image, this one apparently of Lando going into hyperspace using a huge projection...
We are less than year away from the Han Solo spinoff Star Wars Anthology movie hitting theaters, and fans couldn't be more excited. Not only will we get to see the early days of everyone's beloved scruffy-looking nerf-herder, Han Solo, but we'll also get to spend more time with one of the all-time fan-favorite characters: Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover).
Last month, however, Lucasfilm fired directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller over creative differences. The news of the duo leaving the project near the end of filming sent Twitter to panic mode with fears of the movie getting either canceled or delayed. However, all of the concerns faded away soon enough with Lucasfilm acting quickly to bring Ron Howard on board as the new director.
It's still too early to say whether Howard replacing Lord and Miller was the right move. But there's already one big plus: Howard's behind-the-scenes photos on social media. A week ago, Howard shared pictures of an unspecified character's wardrobe. He also shared a picture of Chewbacca checking his shot a couple of days back, which had some hidden spoilers in it. And now he may have just revealed what Donald Glover apparently looks like as Lando in next year's Han Solo spin-off.
Howard took to Instagram to share a photo of himself from the set of Han Solo with a caption that read "lining up a shot today from my director's monitor." Eagle-eyed fans quickly noticed something interesting on the director's monitor behind Howard: it appears to be a shot of Donald Glover as Lando, inside the Millenium Falcon.
Donald Glover seems to be cherishing the opportunity of playing Lando. In an interview with Deadline, Glover shared his experience.
"This is probably one of my favorite experiences ever. For working under, like, a huge conglomerate, it’s actually been quite an enjoyable, artistic thing. I get to play him in a way that I think is honest and true and cool. And it’s great ’cause I didn’t have to write anything, I’m focused strictly on being this guy. And I really respect him and I respect the actor who played him before. I’ve learned a lot about this character, so it’s actually been really fulfilling and nice to just turn off everything else and focus on just being someone. So it’s been cool."
#StarWars fans have been used to seeing Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian for over three decades. Williams's iconic portrayal of Lando in the original Star Wars trilogy won't be easy for the fans to forget. Donald has got his work cut out for him if he hopes to fill Williams's shoes. That being said, Donald Glover is a very talented actor, and we can't wait to see him as Lando on screen.
The Han Solo Star Wars Anthology is set to hit theaters on May 25th, 2018.
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