Glover joins the film’s lead Alden Ehrenreich, who will play Han Solo in the film set before the events of 1977’s “Star Wars.” The announcement notes that the “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.'”
“We’re so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join us,” said directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller in the announcement. “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.”
Lando was previously played by actor Billy Dee Williams, who portrayed the smoothie turned general in 1980’s “The Empire Strikes Back” and 1983’s “Return of the Jedi.” Williams most recently played Lando in episodes of “Star Wars Rebels” where he voiced a slightly younger version of the character. Glover is of course known for his role on the cult favorite sitcom “Community” and can currently be seen on his new series “Atlanta.”
Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (“The LEGO Movie”), and written by Lawrence (“The Empire Strikes Back”) and Jon Kasdan, the “Han Solo” anthology film will be released May 25, 2018.
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