Before Donald Glover takes on the role as a young Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Hans Solo standalone film, the Golden Globe winner met with the original Lando: Billy Dee Williams.
Williams recently opened up about his "very nice lunch" with the Atlanta star, and admitted that he's not quite ready to let go of his iconic Star Wars character.
"He's a very delightful young man, I must say," Williams told The Hollywood Reporter
in an interview published on Friday. "We had a very nice lunch and we talked for a very long time and it was very easy."
The 79-year-old actor, who is the latest Star Wars
alum to meet with
his young doppelganger, revealed that Glover had “questions” about stepping into Lando’s shoes.
"I guess he was doing what normal actors do," he shared. "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, I would imagine. I know he has his own ideas. He's a very talented young man."
"In fact, I was listening to some of his music," Williams said of Glover, who performs under the name of his alter ego, Childish Gambino. "It's pretty good stuff."
When asked if he gave Glover any advice on being "cool" enough to play the role, Williams replied, "Nobody's as cool as me."
"No, I'm only joking,' he said. "Donald is eclectic, I think that’s really important particularly for the character of Lando. He is particularly eclectic in the way he approaches his art. When I talked to him I really got the sense of him being a worldly person."
Williams went on to explain that he's so attached to Lando, and that he's wary about Star Wars producers re-envisioning the character.
"To me, I guess what it is that I identify so much with Lando," he explained. "I mean, Lando has been very much a part of my life for over 30 years. When I go out and do conventions and stuff like that, even though people know me from all the other things that I've done, certainly [Lando] takes precedence."
"I just never thought of anybody else being Lando," Williams confessed. "I just see myself as Lando."