Donald Glover is not exactly sure what went down.
The actor-writer-musician, who plays Lando Calrissian in the upcoming and still untitled Han Solo Star Wars movie, covers The Hollywood Reporter‘s latest issue, where he candidly admits that he was a little worried when he heard that the film’s original directors, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, had been fired, with Ron Howard stepping in to replace them.
“Ron is such a legend, and he knows exactly what the vision for what he is doing is…[but Phil and Chris] hired us, so you sort of feel like, ‘I know I’m not your first choice.…’ And you worry about that,” Glover explains. “To be honest, I don’t know exactly what happened. I feel like I was the baby in the divorce, or the youngest child.”
To be fair, a multi-talented artist in his own right, some of Glover’s trepidation comes from his belief that different filmmakers have profoundly different ideas for how to approach a project — something he aspires to in his own career.
“I don’t want to be the next Ron Howard or the next anybody else. My job is to do what Ron could have never done,” he shares. “I want to be like Spike Jonze, in a sense. Where I’m like, ‘I do what I want when I want to do it, and trust me because I also want to make you money.'”
Even so, Glover is clearly inspired by the role, revealing that he had lunch with Billy Dee Williams — the original Lando — where he bounced his ideas for the character off the 80-year-old actor.
“I was like, ‘I’ve always felt like this character could do this, and he represents this, and I kind of feel like he comes from here, and it’s very obvious he has a lot of taste, so maybe he grew up seeing that from afar? Because I’m like that. Maybe he saw it from other planets and was like, ‘I want to be that,'” Glover recalls, noting that Williams gave him some hilarious, succinct advice in response.
“He just let me ramble on and on, and then finally I was like, ‘So, what do you think?'” Glover says. “And he goes, ‘Yeah, I don’t know about all that. Just be charming.'”
That’s not bad advice!
The Han Solo standalone movie is scheduled to open May 25, 2018.
Watch the video below for more on the film’s directorial shake-up.