It has officially been announced that Donald Glover of Community, The Martian, and Atlanta has been cast in the role of Lando Calrissian in the untitled Han Solo Star Wars movie! The news came straight from the official Star Wars Twitter feed:
The casting couldn't be more perfect. The rumor of his possible casting broke back in August and fans were thrilled at the possibility of seeing the actor play the character. Well, now it's all official and we are actually going to get to see Glover as Calrissian! How freakin' cool is that! I have no doubt he'll offer fans a great fun take on the character made famous by Billy Dee Williams.
Glover will star alongside Alden Ehrenreich, who was already cast in the role of Han Solo. Both of these iconic characters are being played by very talented individuals and I'm so excited to see what adventure is in store for them! The press release offers the following details:
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.
Director's Phil Lord and Chris Miller released the following 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.”
The movie is scheduled for release on May 25, 2018. Are you excited to hear that Glover will be playing Lando?