The first of the Star Wars side movies, Rogue One, hits in December, but Disney/Lucafilm is already planning the next, which will be based on the early days of Han Solo. Alden Ehrenreich is set to play the main role, and now it’s been officially announced that Community’s Donald Glover will be the young Lando Calrissian.
Disney CEO Bob Iger has previously described the film as being, “An origin story about Han Solo and Chewie.” However, Han also knew Lando when he was a young pilot, and it looks like the movie will also cover their relationship, although it’s now known exactly how the future Cloud City head will factor into the movie.
The film’s directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, tweeted, ‘We’re so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join us. 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.’
The filmmakers are also currently looking for the movie’s female lead and expect to cast someone in the next few weeks. The movie will shoot early next year for release May 2018.