“Community” actor Donald Glover is reportedly being eyed for the role of Lando Calrissian in the untitled Star Wars Han Solo film.
Although an official offer by Disney and Lucasfilm has not been confirmed, Glover is the current frontrunner for the part, according to Birth.Movies.Death.
Glover’s film credits include THE MARTIAN, MAGIC MIKE XXL and the upcoming SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING. He is also starring in the television series “Atlanta,” which is set to premiere Sept. 6 on FX. In addition to acting, he is a recording artist and deejay, who is known as Childish Gambino and mcDJ, respectively.
THE LEGO MOVIE and CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are helming the Han Solo film, which is based on a script by Lawrence Kasdan — who co-wrote STAR WARS: EPISODE V – THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, STAR WARS: EPISODE VI – RETURN OF THE JEDI and STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS — and his son Jon.
Originally portrayed by Billy Dee Williams in THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK and RETURN OF THE JEDI, Calrissian served as an administrator of Cloud City on the planet Bespin and later as a leader in the fight against the Empire. He was the owner of the Millennium Falcon in his early years before losing it during a game of chance to Solo.
Alden Ehrenreich (HAIL, CAESAR!) has already landed the part of Solo after Lord and Miller looked at nearly 3,000 actors for the iconic role made famous by Harrison Ford. He has reportedly signed for at least three Star Wars films.
With experience in dramas and in comedy, Glover could be an ideal pick for balancing the humor and calculating nature of the swashbuckling scoundrel from Solo’s past. And the fact that Kasdan — who is the authority on writing Solo — is returning leaves this Star Wars chapter with compelling possibilities, particularly with such moments as the sabacc game that stripped the Millennium Falcon from Calrissian as a potential story point.
The prequel — opening in theaters May 25, 2018 — is part of Disney’s rapidly expanding Star Wars franchise, which is expected to produce big dividends after being acquired from George Lucas for $4 billion in 2012. It will be preceded by Gareth Edwards’ ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY on Dec 16 and Rian Johnson’s STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII on Dec. 15, 2017.
Donald Glover is so talented