Donald Glover has been officially cast as a young Lando Calrissian in the upcoming and not-yet-officially-titled Han Solo: A Star Wars Story film slated to arrive in theaters in 2018, according to a breaking press announcement by Lucasfilm.
Donald Glover is a popular TV star thanks to his role in the cult comedy Community and in the acclaimed current FX network series Atlanta. He co-starred with Matt Damon in The Martian and appears in next year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming.
As previously announced, young Han Solo will be played by Alden Ehrenreich of the Coen Brothers’ film Hail, Caesar! This will be the second standalone Star Wars film outside of the trilogies structures, unless you count the two Ewok movies (I don’t).
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (makers of 21 and 22 Jump Street and The Lego Movie) are co-directors of the film based on a screenplay by father-son team Lawrence and John Kasdan. Lawrence Kasdan has written Han Solo’s character in every film except Star Wars: A New Hope.
According to today’s announcement, the film is “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.”
Lord and Miller added, “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.”
To hold you over until this 2018 film, Disney and Lucasfilm have other films in the hopper:
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story arrives in theatres December 16, 2016. The yet-to-be-titled Star Wars: Episode VIII, directed by Rian Johnson, is slated for December 15, 2017.