Lucasfilm announced today that Donald Glover, an acclaimed actor, award-winning writer, and Grammy-nominated artist, will be playing the part of Lando Calrissian in the still-untitledÂ Han SoloÂ Star WarsÂ film, helmed by directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.Â Glover will join Alden Ehrenreich â€” previously cast asÂ Han Solo â€” in bringing twoÂ iconicÂ Star WarsÂ characters back to the big screen, but at a time in their lives previously unexplored. This new film depicts Lando in his formative years as a scoundrel on the rise in the galaxyâ€™s underworld â€” years before the events involving Han, Leia, and Darth Vader inÂ The Empire Strikes BackÂ and his rise to Rebel heroÂ inÂ Return of the Jedi.
â€œWeâ€™re so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join us,â€ said Lord and Miller. â€œThese are big shoes to fill, and an even bigger cape, and this one fits him perfectly, which will save us money on alterations. Also, weâ€™d like to publicly apologize to Donald for ruining Comic-Con for him forever.â€
Glover is best known forÂ creating and starring in the critically acclaimed FXÂ seriesÂ AtlantaÂ (which had theÂ highest premiereÂ numbersÂ for any basic cable comedy show sinceÂ 2013),Â as well as forÂ starring inÂ four seasons of the showÂ Community, and for his Grammy-nominatedÂ albumÂ Because the Internet, performed under the name Childish Gambino. In addition, Glover appeared in the Academy Award-nominatedÂ The Martian,Â and will be seen inÂ the upcomingÂ Spider-Man: Homecoming.Â
The untitled Han SoloÂ movieÂ is set for release in 2018.