In August, rumors were swirling that Donald Glover would be cast as Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Star Wars stand-alone film about Han Solo, and today those rumors were confirmed.
An official press release from Lucas Films reveals: "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."
Following his acting roles on Community and his widely successful Atlanta series, Donald Glover appears to have impressed directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. “We’re so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join us,” they say. “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.”
For those unfamiliar with the Star Wars universe, Lando Calrissian was played by actor Billy Dee Williams in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. His bio on the Star Wars website says: "Once a smooth-talking smuggler, Lando Calrissian changed from a get-rich-quick schemer to a selfless leader in the fight against the Empire. From adventures with the Ghost crew of rebels to the attack on Death Star II, his quick wit and daring proved to be invaluable." See a photo of Williams as Calrissian below.