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Glover acknowledges a dramatic change on set

Not to be lost in the shuffle of sabacc cards that is the internet, Donald Glover–Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Han Solo standalone–recently weighed in on the change in the film’s director’s chair(s).

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The official Star Wars Instagram account posted this cast and crew pic on February 21. Lord & Miller left the film in June.

“Though Glover is uncomfortable elaborating,” wrote Hollywood Reporter’s Lacey Rose, “he acknowledges that the change on set has been dramatic.”

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.

As for details about the change, Glover told HR, “To be honest, I don’t know exactly what happened. I feel like I was the baby in the divorce.”

Just trying to help…

HR also reported that there was only one other person more excited than the actor when he was cast as the legendary Star Wars scoundrel–his dad, Donald Sr.

In fact, the first toy Donald Sr. purchased for his son was a Lando action figure, which is why one of the biggest thrills of landing the part was being able to call his father with the news. “He just kept saying, ‘Woooow,’ ” says Glover.

In fact, several months ago, HR’s Patrick Shanley wrote up a Q&A with Lando himself, Billy Dee Williams, who said of his famous meeting with Glover:

He had questions about [Lando]. I guess he was doing what normal actors do, they just want to find out what direction they want to take so they gather their information. So, we just sat and talked, and I didn’t want to impose on anything he wanted to do — he’s got his own ideas… He’s a very talented young man.

Glover spoke to the meeting in humorous terms. Laughing, he told HR‘s Rose of the complicated notes and questions he had for the original Lando.

Williams’ advice to the would-be Lando was simple, and positively Calrissian: “Just be charming.”

Check out Rose’s terrific full interview with Glover at




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A graduate of Boston and Northeastern universities, John Bishop became the beat reporter for prior to the B’s 2006-07 hockey season. While with the Bruins, “Bish” traveled North America and Europe to cover the Black & Gold’s every move via laptop, blog, and smart phone. The co-author of two books, Bygone Boston and Full 60 to History: The Inside Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins, John covered the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010 and the B’s 2011 championship run and banner raising before taking a faculty/communications position at a prep school outside Boston in 2013. He lives with his wife Andrea and sons Jack, Scott, and Luke in central Massachusetts.
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