Disney is quickly sinking into Marvel’s long-term-game formula as casting and pre-production for 2018’s Han Solo spin-off film are well underway even though there are two Star Wars films to release before them. Long-rumored, Lucasfilm has finally confirmed that former Community and Atlanta star Donald Glover will be playing young Lando Calrissian in the spin-off. This is, BY FAR, the most exciting casting announcement for me, of any since the films started back up. Glover is going to absolutely nail this and his involvement takes my interest in the Han Solo spin-off and shoots it through the roof.
Glover is most famous for his four years on the criminally-underrated NBC sitcom Community, his role in last year’s The Martian, his work as a stand-up comic and rapper under the name Childish Gambino, and for currently starring in FX’s critically-acclaimed Atlanta. Glover can, quite literally, do anything. He’s a fantastic actor, his personality is a perfect fit for the roguish smuggler, he’ll bring the funny to a film I expect to be much more light-hearted in tone than Rogue One or Episodes VII and VIII, and he is an ENORMOUS Star Wars nerd. He gets the legacy he’s being given taking over for Billy Dee Williams, and I honestly expect him to be the definitive Lando by the time things are done. That’s how good a casting move this is. And, yes, he will be rocking the cape.
I know what you’re thinking. “This is just going to give Dave an opportunity to make us watch the Disco Spider Rap from Community again.” Of course I’m going to make you do that. WHY WOULD YOU EVER NOT WANT TO WATCH ITS BRILLIANCE??? Check it out and the official statement from Lucasfilm and Disney follows.
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 SoloStar 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.”
Glover is best known for creating and starring in the critically acclaimed FX series Atlanta (which had the highest premiere numbers for any basic cable comedy show since 2013), as well as for starring in four seasons of the showCommunity, and for his Grammy-nominated album Because the Internet, performed under the name Childish Gambino. In addition, Glover appeared in the Academy Award-nominated The Martian, and will be seen in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming.
The untitled Han Solo movie is set for release in 2018.