Donald Glover, best known for Community and as musician Childish Gambino, has been cast as Lando Calrissian in the forthcoming HAN SOLO spin-off film opposite Alden Ehrenreich. The prequel is due for release on 25 May 2018.
According to Variety, testing for the role has included O’Shea Jackson, Jason Mitchell and Yahya Abdul-Mateen (The Get Down). The film with be directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street, The LEGO Movie).
Glover is currently starring in the FX series Atlanta, which he also produces, and the creator/star has assured the source that there will be no scheduling conflict with the casting.
Lando was, of course, originally played by Billy Dee Williams in The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983), where a significant backstory between the character and Han Solo was suggested but never shown. Williams recently reprised his role for the animated Star Wars: Rebels series for Disney XD. Yet the real question is whether Glover will now appear in a series of Colt 45 beer commercials?