Plenty of Star Wars fans got some great, great news late last week: Donald Glover was cast as Lando in the upcoming young Han Solo anthology film. The “Community” alum and “Atlanta” star was rumored to be up for the role in August, much to the delight of many Star Wars fans. And now those dreams have come true, and no one is more shocked than, it seems, Donald Glover himself.
In a recent appearance on “Ellen,” Glover discussed the latest development in his career, saying, “It’s crazy, I don’t know. I’m very, like, honored, it’s a very big deal. There’s this thing going around on the internet of me in a Star Wars t-shirt when I was in high school. So it’s been a long thing.”
And Lando Calrissian, the scoundrel turned city administrator turned Rebel general, has been a part of Glover’s life for as long as he can remember. “That was the first toy I had, Lando,” Glover told DeGeneres. “That was the very first, I remember it like yesterday. My dad gave it to me and I had a Darth Vader one too.”
Upon being cast, Glover immediately called his parents — and learned of his mom’s undying affection for original Lando actor Billy Dee Williams. “I told my dad immediately,” said Glover. “My mom was in the back, she was like, ‘Don’t mess it up.’ She was like, ‘Don’t mess this up!’ Cause Billy Dee is like — that’s hers. ”
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.
While plot details aren’t yet known about the young Han Solo film, it is known that it will star Alden Ehrenreich (“Hail, Caesar!”) as the Corellian smuggler and, now, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian. A new detail has hinted that the film will finally detail just how Lando lost the Millennium Falcon to Solo. As for the rest of the cast, another report has stated that Tessa Thompson, Naomi Scott and Zoe Kravitz are testing for the female lead role — a role that could turn out to be Han Solo’s “wife” Sana Starros, a character originally introduced in the Marvel comics.
Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (“The LEGO Movie”), written by Lawrence (“The Empire Strikes Back”) and Jon Kasdan, and starring Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover, the “Han Solo” anthology film will be released May 25, 2018.
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