Donald Glover Is Young Lando Calrissian For the Han Solo Star Wars Spinoff

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StarWars.com just broke the news, Donald Glover is our new Lando Calrissian for the upcoming Han Solo Star Wars spinoff film.

Lucasfilm announced today that Donald Glover, an acclaimed actor, award-winning writer, and Grammy-nominated artist, will be playing the part of Lando Calrissian in the still-untitled Han Solo Star Wars film, helmed by directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. 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. 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.”

Billy Dee Williams originated the role in Empire Strikes Back of course, I’ll be interested to see what Glover does with the role. Especially considering I’d heard Hamilton’s Daveed Diggs was close to taking the role before the internet put Glover in their minds.

I wasn’t a Community watcher but I’ve been loving Glover’s recent show on FX, Atlanta. What do you think of the news?

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2 Responses to “Donald Glover Is Young Lando Calrissian For the Han Solo Star Wars Spinoff”

  1. lev36 says:

    This is awesome! Now, if they could make Danny Pudi his sidekick or something, that would be perfect. :-)

  2. shadowmaat says:

    Yesssss! I still have grave reservations about what the movie will be like, but Donald is an awesome choice and I know he’ll do his absolute best with whatever he’s given!