Newly christened Lando Calrissian Donald Glover went on Ellen yesterday to talk up his FX series Atlanta (describing it as “Twin Peaks with rappers”). While there, he and host Ellen Degeneres ended up—inevitably—in a conversation about his high-profile new gig, and especially the expectations that come with it. Specifically, expectations from Glover’s mom, whose immediate reaction to the news was a hearty, “Don’t mess it up!”
“Cause Billy Dee is like—that’s hers,” Glover clarified, referring to Billy Dee Williams, who originated the part of the smooth-talking space hustler. Glover and Degeneres also discussed his own history with the franchise, including the mini-Lando that was his first action figure, and a yearbook photo that’s been going around the internet lately, showing Glover smiling cheerfully in a Star Wars shirt.