It’s impossible to not love watching the meteoric rise of Donald Glover. The quintessential millennial, he’s dominated in almost every single facet of his artistic career: As a rapper, as a comedian, and now, with the breakaway success of his FX show Atlanta, as a TV show creator/actor. Even those who remember him as the token Republican on HBO’s Girls can relate to him.
Today Disney and Lucasfilm announced that he’ll have a huge roll in an upcoming Star Wars movie focused on Hans Solo.
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.”
The untitled Han Solo movie is set for release in 2018.
Lando Calrissian, as you might remember, is a smuggling badass. You might recall that he’s huge Bros with Hans Solo thanks to the “good ole days” which they’ll surely revisit in the forth-coming film.
I can’t wait.