As if we couldn’t be anymore excited about the upcoming (yet to be officially titled) Han Solo Star Wars movie, this crazy awesome news happens: Donald Glover has been cast as everyone’s favorite scoundrel (outside of Han himself) Lando Calrissian and OH EM GEE. Lucasfilm officially announced today that the acclaimed actor, writer, and Grammy-nominated artist has officially been set to play the iconic role, originated by actor Billy Dee Williams in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, across from Alden Ehrenreich as Han (old buddy). And can we just say we are CRAZY excited to see these two iconic characters together again on the big screen?
…and soon to be now.
According to the same release, the new Han Solo film will depict 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.”
YES, YES, AND YES.
The Han Solo movie is being helmed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller of The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street fame. Lord and Miller said of the casting news,
LOL. You may know Glover for his starring role in Community as well as his recent creation Atlanta for FX, but something tells us this role will trump all the others. Maybe. The Han Solo movie is set to be released in 2018…if only we could make the jump to lightspeed now and get there faster!