Han Solo Cast Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian

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Lucasfilm Cast Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian for Han Solo Spin-Off Film

The first Star Wars Anthology film is set to release with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16th. With an imminent return to a galaxy far far away, Lucasfilm revealed major news for the Han Solo spin-off. Donald Glover has been tabbed as Lando Calrissian, a role made popular by Billy Dee Williams. Glover is known in the music world as the rapper, Childish Gambino. In the world of television, Glover’s known for his writing and cameos on ’30 Rock’ and his role as Troy Barnes on ‘Community’. He’s currently the star, creator, writer, director and executive producer for his hit show ‘Atlanta’ on FX.

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This Isn’t Your Daddy’s Lando

Glover is playing a younger Lando Calrissian than the one we were introduced to in the original trilogy. In ‘The Empire Strikes Back’, we meet Lando, the administrator of Cloud City. An old friend of Han Solo, he’s forced to betray him when Vader threatens to take over the city. When Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca and C-3PO arrive, Lando hands over Han to Boba Fett and the Empire. This led to Solo’s imprisonment by Jabba the Hut in frozen carbonite. Vader goes back on his word, so Lando helps the remaining three escape and rescue a wounded Luke Skywalker. He redeems himself by helping rescue Han Solo and lead the assault in the destruction of the Death Star by piloting his once-owned Millennium Falcon.

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What to Expect of Glover’s Lando

Per the press release from Lucasfilm, Glover will be depicting a “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’.” It sounds like we’ll see a Lando on the same path as Solo and possibly the current owner of the Millenium Falcon. Speaking of which, Glover might portray when Lando loses the Millennium Falcon to Solo in a game of sabacc. How Lando loses the Falcon will be one of the most highly-anticipated scenes fans will want to see. Hopefully, we’ll also see the infamous story of the Kessel Run as Alden Ehrenreich of ‘Hail, Caesar!’ fame plays a young Han Solo.

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You can catch the Star Wars Anthology film of Han Solo on May 25, 2018. What do you think of Donald Glover’s casting as Lando Calrissian? Do you believe he’ll do the character justice? What do you want to see in the movie? Let us know your thoughts by liking, sharing and/or leaving a comment below.

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