The movie, which is currently untitled, will be a Star Wars spin-off prequel about the adventures of Han Solo before he encountered Luke Skywalker.
“We’re so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join us,” said Phil Lord and Chris 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.”
Here’s the press release from Star Wars:
“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.”
— Star Wars (@starwars) October 21, 2016
This is exciting news for us and a game-changer for the great Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino!
Even though we’re far from the film’s release, the hype is already through the roof.
The Han Solo prequel will hit theaters May 25, 2018.
Expect more news on the film and Glover’s role in the coming months.