UPDATE (11:40 a.m. ET): Lucasfilm has issued a statement clarifying that something was lost in translation, and that Kathleen Kennedy told the French magazine a Lando spinoff is "something she’d like to do one day in the future.”
Forget those persistent Obi-Wan Kenobi rumors, Lucasfilm plans for Lando Calrissian to be the focus of the next Star Wars spinoff.
"We think that the next spinoff will be dedicated to Lando Calrissian, " Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy told Premiere on Tuesday at the Cannes Film Festival. " Of course, there are still many stories to tell about Han and Chewbacca, but Lando will be next."
That's perhaps not too surprising, considering the buzz generated by Donald Glover's performance as the fan-favorite scoundrel in Solo: A Star Wars Story. His Lando was a highlight of the film's trailers, and has been singled out in early reviews. Lucasfilm has clearly been long aware of his appeal, as the video of Glover giving a tour of Lando's Millennium Falcon (cape room included) was designed to give fans exactly what they want.
Solo star Alden Ehrenreich revealed last month that he's signed on to play Han Solo in three films; Premiere indicates Glover also has a multi-picture agreement.
A Lando fan as a child, Glover said he was determined to land the role, despite the seemingly slim chances. “When I heard they were making these, I told my agent, ‘if they’re making anything with Lando in it, I have to be Lando,'” he said over the weekend during a Solo press day. “And he was like, ‘I hear you; I don’t like your odds.’ And that was exactly what I needed to hear. I really did audition like it was the only role I wanted in the world, because it really was. I’m just really happy to be part of this. My dad imprinted me with this kind of Star Wars longing, because it does feel like the Bible to me in a lot of ways.”
Directed by Ron Howard from a script by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Emilia Clarke as Qi’ra and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. They’re joined by Thandie Newton as Val, Phoebe Waller-Bridge L3-37, Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos, and Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett. The film opens May 25.