Donald Glover Cast as Lando Calrissian in Young Han Solo Film
There better be a cape and mustache.
It looks like it’s official: Grammy-nominated hip hop artist, writer, and Atlanta star Donald Glover will indeed be taking over cape, mustache, and coolness duty as Lando Calrissian. Glover will play Lando alongside Alden Ehrenreich’s young Han Solo.
As originally played by Billy Dee Williams, Lando was a suave but unpredictable character who evolved from self-interested confidence man to heroic member of rebel alliance. In the new film, reports StarWars.com, Glover will play Lando “in his formative years as a scoundrel on the rise in the galaxy’s underworld.”
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, directors of the as-yet untitled film, reportedly said they felt “lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join” the production. In a nod to the passionate Star Wars fandom, they also offered a tongue-in-cheek public apology to Glover “for ruining Comic-Con for him forever.”
We’ll have to wait to see Glover do his thing in a galaxy far, far away—Young Han Solo, whatever its final title, doesn’t premiere till 2018.