The younger version of Han Solo's "old buddy" has been locked down for the next Star Wars spinoff.
The lucky actor according to The Wrap is Donald Glover, one of the stars of Community and currently star and creator of the FX series Atlanta. Glover, who started in Hollywood as a writer for 30 Rock at the age of 21, is also a rap artist (he records under the name Childish Gambino) and was, in 2010, the subject of an online campaign to get him an audition for the role of Spider-Man (which ended up going to Andrew Garfield, although Glover will be seen in Spider-Man: Homecoming next year).
Glover's name first came up in August, when it was rumored that he topped the short list of actors up for the role. He's got both comedic and dramatic chops and is already in great shape in case he needs to hone his action skills, which he almost certainly will. Glover will be playing opposite Alden Ehrenreich, who beat out hundreds of actors for the role of Han.
Lando, of course, is the original owner of the Millennium Falcon and was portrayed by Billy Dee Williams in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi (he's also turned up on Star Wars Rebels). But just as the Han Solo torch has been passed from Harrison Ford to Ehrenreich, now it seems the same will happen with Lando.
A press statement from Lucasfilm said that the film will depict "Lando in his formative years as a scoundrel on the rise in the galaxy's underworld," while directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller remarked, “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.”
The untitled Han Solo movie opens on May 25, 2018.
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