Donald Glover Will Play Young Lando Calrissian in 'Star Wars' Han Solo Spin-Off

Donald Glover has officially been cast as young Lando Calrissian, the role Billy Dee Williams made famous in 'Star Wars,' for the Han Solo spin-off.

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Donald Glover is officially joining the Star Wars universe. 

A tweet from the Star Wars Twitter account made the rumored casting official—the Atlanta star will be playing a young Lando Calrissian in the upcoming spin-off movie that focuses on a young Han Solo. 

Hello, what have we here? Donald Glover is Lando Calrissian in the untitled 2018 Han Solo Star Wars Story.

— Star Wars (@starwars) October 21, 2016

From the news release on

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.

Lando Calrissian was played by Billy Dee Williams in the original Star Wars trilogy, and there have been rumors of his possible return in one of the upcoming sequels. We don't know how much of old Lando's style will be incorporated into Yung Lando's look, but we're imagining something like this:

A photoshop combining Lando Calrissian and Donald Glover

The Han Solo spin-off movie does not have a title yet, but it is scheduled for a 2018 release. It will come after the release of Rebel One: A Star Wars Story this December, and the still-untitled Star Wars Episode VIII, which comes out in 2017.

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