Lucasfilm confirmed Donald Glover will be taking on the role of a young Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Han Solo film. The as-yet-untitled Han Solo Star Wars movie has Alden Ehrenreich (Rules Don’t Apply, Beautiful Creatures) on board to play a young Han Solo and The LEGO Movie filmmakers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller attached to direct. Ehrenreich is, of course, playing the role Harrison Ford took on in the Star Wars film franchise while Glover is the younger version of Billy Dee Williams’ Lando Calrissian. The upcoming Han Solo movie will open in theaters in 2018.
“We’re so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join us,” stated 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 created and is currently starring in FX’s Atlanta. His credits also include Community, The Martian, Magic Mike XXL, and the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming.
More on the Han Solo Film, Courtesy of Lucasfilm: “Donald 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.