Glover has been cast in the unnamed 2018 Han Solo spin-off.
It's official: Donald Glover is Lando Calrissian.
Glover has officially been cast as Calrissian in the upcoming, unnamed 2018 "Star Wars" spin-off prequel about the adventures of Han Solo before he encountered Luke Skywalker. Glover was reportedly the studio's top choice for the role.
Here is the StarWars.com press release:
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.
In the original "Star Wars" trilogy, Calrissian, played by Billy Dee Williams was a former pilot and administrator of Cloud City who ultimately assisted the Rebel Alliance in their quest to overthrow Imperial Forces. The Han Solo spin-off will be released after Episode VIII, which is slated for a 2017 release.