The rumors of possible Lando Calrissian casting have circulated for the past couple of months. As we reported before, Donald Glover was the first candidate for the role.
The official site confirmed today that Lucasfilm announced Glover’s casting as young Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Han Solo stand-alone movie. The new film, still untitled, depicts Lando in his formative years as a scoundrel on the rise in the galaxy’s underworld, before the events of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
“We’re so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join us,” said Lord and Miller. “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.”
Glover is best known for creating and starring in the critically acclaimed FX series Atlanta, starring in four seasons of the show Community, and for his Grammy-nominated album Because the Internet, performed under the name Childish Gambino. In addition, Glover appeared in the Academy Award-nominated The Martian, and will be seen in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming.