Hello, what have we here? 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. Here’s what Phil Lord and Chris Miller had to say in a joint statement.
“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.”
Glover is best known for creating and starring in the critically acclaimed FX series Atlanta (which had the highest premiere numbers for any basic cable comedy show since 2013), as well as for 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. The untitled Han Solo movie is set for release in 2018. The news was announced on StarWars.com earlier today.
A report surfaced earlier this month that three actress are the front runners for the female lead in this untitled Han Solo adventure. The leading contenders are Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok), Zoe Kravitz (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Naomi Scott (Power Rangers), although it wasn’t confirmed what character these actresses are vying for. That report also addressed the then-rumors of Donald Glover’s casting as Lando Calrissian, revealing that the studio wanted to be “certain on their decision.” It isn’t known when the studio will make a final decision on the female lead role.
It is believed that the female lead character may be Sana Solo, who is believed to be Han Solo’s first wife. The Sana Solo character was created by Jason Aaron and artist John Cassaday for the Star Wars #4 comic book, which hit store shelves in 2015. Sana is a skilled pilot who may or may not be married to Han Solo. She had to get hitched to Solo in order to pull off a smuggling job, but one of the two took their nuptials a little more seriously than the other. In the more recent comics, this created a love triangle between Leia, Sana and and Han, as Sana made her return after the events of the original trilogy. Production on Han Solo: A Star Wars Story is expected to begin in January 2017.