Talk about a perfect casting. Donald Glover, who is currently starring and producing his own show, ‘Atlanta’ on FX, will star as Lando in the new standalone ‘Star Wars’ film, set for 2018.
Donald Glover is the new Lando Calrissian! Lucasfilm revealed on Oct. 21 that the 33-year-old actor will be joining the the untitled Han Solo Star Wars film, directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. He’s the latest to join, as Alden Ehrenreich was cast as the young Han, showing a time in their lives we’ve yet to see. The film will take place years before Lando became a scoundrel, prior to A New Hope.
Lando was originally played by Billy Dee Williams, and appeared in both The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. He helped lead the attack against the second Death Star, even flying the Millennium Falcon; he also helped destroyed the Imperial battle station.
“We’re so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join us,” the directors said in the announcement, posted on StarWars.com. “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.”
Donald is used to some of the attention — maybe not Star Wars level just yet. He previously starred in Community, then created and is starring in Atlanta on FX. He also has as successful music career, as he created a Grammy-nominated album, Because the Internet, performed under his stage name Childish Gambino. He’s also set to star in the upcoming film film, Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Are you happy with the casting?