Donald Glover Cast As Lando Calrissian In New ‘Star Wars’ Film
Rumors and speculations that Donald Glover might portray Lando Calrissian have been ongoing for a couple months now, ever since The Wrap first reported on the possibility.
Now, looks like it is confirmed. Lucasfilm announced today (Friday) that Glover would take the role of Lando in the still untitled Han Solo Star Wars film that’s expected to drop some time in 2018. The Atlanta mastermind will be joining Alden Ehrenreich who was previously cast as Han Solo, with directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller at the helm.
“We’re so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join us,” Lord and Miller said. “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.”
When Glover was first asked about the Lando rumors he downplayed the question, neither confirming or denying them.
“I mean, I grew up on it. My dad was a big fan. I had all the toys when I was little,” Glover said in an interview with TIME. “I had a Darth Vader with the lightsaber he has. It was cool. It’s a dynasty. It’s like the bible. I love that franchise.”
So far all that we know about Glover’s portrayal of Lando in the Han Solo movie, is that it’ll explore the formative years of Lando’s life as a scoundrel 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.
Still, it’ll be interesting to see how Glover makes the role his own, which was originally portrayed by Billy Dee Williams. Williams transformed Lando into a casanova, who often used his charm and wit to get out of bad situations. Maybe we’ll get some of that in this new version of the Cloud City resident.
Nevertheless, congrats Glover.