Exciting news indeed! Donald Glover – actor, writer, and rapper under the pseudonym Childish Gambino – has been cast in the still untitled Han Solo Star Wars origin story. Starwars.com released the news today that Glover would be playing the role of a young Lando Calrissian opposite Alden Ehrenreich’s young Han.
Lando Calrissian appeared in Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi as a rebel fighter. The Solo solo film will see Calrissian “in his formative years as a scoundrel on the rise in the Galaxy’s underworld.”
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie) are helming the film. According to Miller,
We’re so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join us. 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.
Many Glover fans will recall the actor’s online campaign to play Spider-Man in 2011, a role that eventually went to Andrew Garfield. The campaign had a huge and unruly backlash that opened up a lot of conversations about race and the industry. Finally, fans are going to be able to see Glover in a (sort of) superhero role and see him build Lando up to his eventual glory.
Glover is currently starring in his self-created FX series Atlanta, in which he stars, writes, and produces. Despite missing out on The Amazing Spider-Man, Glover will be seen in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming for Marvel.
The Untitled Han Solo film will bow in 2018.