It was revealed last week that Donald Glover will play the young Lando Calrissian in Star Wars' upcoming Han Solo origin movie. Now, the actor/musician (and new father) is speaking about the exciting role for the first time on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "I'm very honored. It's a very big deal," he told the host. "There's this thing going around on the internet of me in a Star Wars T-shirt when I was in high school."
"That was the first toy I had. Lando. My dad gave it to me. I had a Darth Vader one, too," Glover continued. “I told my dad immediately. He was like, ‘Aww.’ My mom was in the back. She was like, ‘Don’t mess it up! Don’t mess this up!’ ‘Cause Billy Dee [Williams]—like, that’s hers.”
Ellen points out that Glover put out his role in the universe just like he did with Spider-Man, a franchise he's been wanting to be a part of for years. He also discusses FX's Atlanta series, explaining that “I just wanted to make Twin Peaks with rappers.” The show was recently renewed for a second season.
Along with appearing in the latest Star Wars anthology (out in 2018), Donald Glover will star in a not-yet-revealed role in Marvel's Spider-Man: Homecoming in 2017. While we have you, watch an interview from the Fuse vault where Childish Gambino talks about being hip-hop's dirty little secret: