Lucasfilm announced today that Donald Glover- acclaimed actor, writer, and rapper– will be playing the part of Lando Calrissian in Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s “Star Wars Story” focusing on a young Han Solo.
Glover will join Alden Ehrenreich — previously cast as Han Solo — in bringing two iconic Star Wars characters back to the big screen, but at a time in their lives previously unexplored. Lando was played by Billy Dee Williams in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
This new film depicts Lando in his formative years as a scoundrel on the rise in the galaxy’s underworld — years before the events involving Han, Leia, and Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back and his rise to Rebel hero in Return of the Jedi.
“We’re so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join us,” said Lord and Miller. “These are big shoes to fill, and an even bigger cape, and this one fits him perfectly, which will save us money on alterations. Also, we’d like to publicly apologize to Donald for ruining Comic-Con for him forever.”
Glover created and stars in the critically-acclaimed FX series Atlanta (which had the highest premiere numbers for any basic cable comedy show since 2013), but is best known for playing Troy Barnes on the first five seasons of Community.
Glover’s album “Because the Internet, performed under the name Childish Gambino, was nominated for a Grammy award. Glover’s big-screen acting work includes the Academy Award-nominated The Martian, and the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming.
The untitled Han Solo movie is set for release in 2018.