Donald Glover cast as Lando in Han Solo movie – for real

Donald Glover is Lando CalrissianAfter months of rumors, it’s finally official: The Star Wars website and social media channels announced Friday that Donald Glover will play smooth-talking space gambler and lothario Lando Calrissian in 2018’s Han Solo standalone “Star Wars Story” film.

Alden Ehrenreich will play Solo himself in the still-untitled “anthology” film directed by LEGO Movie team Chris Miller and Phil Lord from a script by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan.

Glover, a familiar face to fans of TV’s Community, is the creator and star of FX’s Atlanta. He was recently seen on the big screen in The Martian and will appear in Marvel Studios’ and Columbia Pictures’ upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Billy Dee Williams, now 79, portrayed the older, more responsible Calrissian in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, as well as various animated Star Wars tie-ins.

“This 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,” read the casting announcement, which you can find here.

The directors said of Glover: “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.”

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