A director quitting mid-production is generally viewed as an ominous sign for a film, and as such, there’s been a significant amount of hand-wringing over Ron Howard replacing Phil Lord and Christopher Miller as the director of the upcoming Han Solo spinoff. But Donald Glover, who will co-star in the upcoming project as Lando Calrissian, shrugged off any notions of wholesale production changes during an appearance at a Television Critics Association event Friday.
“I think we were never faced with anything like that and he did a good job of coming in and didn’t want us to change what we were doing at all,” Glover said, according to a Deadline report by Anthony D’Alessandro. “He wanted us to be comfortable with our vision.”
Lord and Miller were reportedly replaced due to creative differences with Lucasfilm over the direction of the movie. There’s been rampant speculation that Lord and Miller’s improvisational background didn’t mesh with a movie widely expected to appeal to audiences of all ages. That’s presumably where Howard came in, as his previous directorial credits include Cocoon, A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13 and The Da Vinci Code.
Glover also added that he set some of his polymath tendencies aside while taking on the role of Calrissian. Although some of his previous acting roles have overlapped with him performing standup comedy, releasing music as Childish Gambino or writing for 30 Rock and Atlanta, Glover said playing Han Solo’s sidekick was less taxing.
“This is the first time in a long time, I was just acting,” Glover added. “Most of the time, I have to write or do music. This time I woke up and got to be somebody else and the stress wasn’t there for me.”
According to one of his many behind the scenes tweets, Howard indicated that Glover had wrapped all of his scenes from the movie back in August of 2017.