In what has to be the least surprising piece of casting news (his name first dropped as a candidate for this role back in August) – and also among the most welcome – Donald Glover has been cast as Lando Calrissian in Lord and Millers 2018 Untitled young Han Solo film. Glover officially joins previously-announced Alden Ehrenreich as a lead in the film.
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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-untitled Han Solo Star Wars film, helmed by directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Glover will join Alden Ehrenreich — previously cast as Han Solo — in bringing two iconic Star Wars 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 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.
As I mentioned in my article a few weeks back, the age difference between Ehrenreich and Glover is practically the same as that between Ford and Williams. It was clearly meant to be.