Billy Dee Williams was once not a fan of actor Donald Glover reprising his famed “Star Wars” character, Lando Calrissian, but it appears his feelings towards Glover have changed.
Williams, who previously told HuffPost in September that he couldn’t “imagine anybody else” taking on the character, opened up in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter about how he recently met with Glover over lunch and why he has become more supportive of the “Atlanta” star taking on the role in the upcoming “Star Wars” spinoff.
“He’s a very delightful young man,” Williams said. “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, I would imagine…He’s a very talented young man. In fact, I was listening to some of his music and it’s pretty good stuff.”
Despite his comments on preserving his portrayal of the character, Williams went on to tell The Hollywood Reporter that he never envisioned anyone else helming the role.
“Lando has been very much a part of my life for over 30 years,” he said. “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. I just see myself as Lando.”