Star Wars' Han Solo origin movie has cast Donald Glover as its Lando Calrissian. Lando's got deep ties with Han, as fans learned when Billy Dee Williams debuted as the character in 1980's Star Wars: Episode IV – The Empire Strikes Back. He was also in Return of the Jedi. Back in May, Lucasfilm cast up-and-comer Alden Ehrenreich (Blue Jasmine, Hail, Caesar!) as young Han Solo.
Star Wars' second non-trilogy anthology project, following Rogue One, drops sometime in 2018. Lando will be "in his formative years as a scoundrel on the rise in the galaxy’s underworld," according to an official release.
Directors Phil Miller and Christopher Lord (Clone High, The Lego Movie, 21 and 22 Jump Street) said in the same statement:
“We’re so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join us. 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.”
Birth.Movies.Death reported rumblings of the Glover/Lando casting back in August.
The Glover-created FX dramedy Atlanta is in its first season. The Community alum has recently appeared in The Martian and Magic Mike XXL. He will also show up in Marvel's Spider-Man: Homecoming in 2017.
Watch an old-school Fuse chat with Donald Glover: