You can’t spell “Donald” without “Lando.” That’s just science.
When we first reported that Donald Glover was the rumored front-runner to play a young Lando Calrissian in the forthcoming Han Solo film, it seemed too good to be true. But early Friday evening, Lucasfilm made it official (and made our weekends), announcing that Glover had officially been cast as Solo’s smooth-talking smuggler ally.
Glover, currently on a winning streak with his FX dramedy Atlanta, will take on the role made famous by Billy Dee Williams in 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back. He joins Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!), who will star as Han Solo himself, in the somehow-still-untitled stand-alone film, headed up by The LEGO Movie’s Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.
“We’re so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join us,” said Lord and Miller in a statement. “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.”
Plot details remain limited, but Lucasfilm states that the 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.” The film will also show how Lando lost the Millennium Falcon to Solo, per THR.
The Han Solo stand-alone is set for a May 25, 2018 release. Find a few choice reactions to Glover’s casting below, including one from the man himself—Lando, that is.