In A Galaxy Far Far Away – Donald Glover is joining the “Star Wars” universe. The acclaimed actor and Grammy-nominated artist, has been cast as young Lando Calrissian in Disney and Lucasfilm’s still-untitled Han Solo standalone film, set for release in 2018.
Before John Boyega as Finn there hadn’t been a black male character in the franchise since Samuel L. Jackson. And before him, many, many years ago, there was Billy Dee Williams. To see that role come back more than 33 years later is incredible. In the role that was originally played by Billy Dee Williams, Glover, a Stone Mountain, Georgia native is now headed to a galaxy far, far away.
Announced on Friday (Oct 21), by StarWars.com, the actor will play a younger version of the unofficial mayor of Cloud City in the unnamed young Han Solo Star Wars spinoff. Cali native Alden Ehrenreich was cast as a young Han Solo in May. The story, directed by duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, will give fans untold stories of Lando and “his formative years as a scoundrel on the rise in the galaxy’s underworld.” The film will also share how the “con-man at heart” loses the Millennium Falcon to Solo, hinted in 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back.
“We’re so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join us,” Lord and Miller said in a statement. “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 a favorite in the fan community. Fans launched a campaign calling for him to play Spider-Man when Sony was working on the reboot that eventually became 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man. Though the role went to Andrew Garfield, Glover later voiced Spider-Man Miles Morales on Disney XD’s animated series Ultimate Spider-Man, and he is part of the cast of next year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming in a mystery role. The actor also gained acclaim this year for creating and starring in the FX series Atlanta.