Donald Glover was cast as the young Lando Calrissian in the Han Solo prequel


Months ago, Alden Ehrenreich was cast as the young Han Solo in the spinoff prequel/whatever Star Wars film they’re making. Disney’s idea is to have a spinoff movie about what Han was up to before he ever met up with Luke and Leia. Not much is known about Han’s pre-Skywalker days, and by the time The Empire Strikes Back rolled around, it was clear that Han had already tangled with many people, like Lando Calrissian, played by Billy Dee Williams. When more details of the Han Solo film came out, we learned that a “young Lando” would be part of the story too, so casting rumors started flowing. And now many of us are getting our first choice: Donald Glover!

May the Force be with you, Donald Glover. The “Atlanta” star has landed the coveted role of Lando Calrissian in the Han Solo standalone starring Alden Ehrenreich. The pic will be set prior to “Star Wars: A New Hope,” like the other upcoming “Star Wars” standalone project, “Rogue One.”

“We’re so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join us,” said Phil Lord and Chris Miller. “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.”

Testing for the role of Calrissian has been going on for months with actors like O’Shea Jackson, Jason Mitchell and The Get Down’s Yahya Abdul-Mateen among those who have tested. Glover was considered the favorite but just to be sure co-directors Lord and Miller decided to do a second round of tests earlier this month with Glover and Mitchell. Glover was eventually tapped for the role.

There was some worry that scheduling Glover’s hit show “Atlanta” and the Han Solo shoot would be an issue, with the series just getting a second season. Since Glover is also the creator and heads the writers room for “Atlanta,” there was a worry that his commitment to running the room — which is open now and would of gone into production in March — would cause scheduling conflicts. Sources now say they will probably bank all the scripts now and move production to next summer to accommodate the Solo shoot.

Variety first reported that Zoe Kravitz, Naomi Scott and Tessa Thompson had recently tested for the female lead and it was believed that Glover had tested around the same time. Production on the untitled Han Solo film is expected to begin in January.

[From Variety]

Fingers crossed that the female lead isn’t just hanging around as a “girlfriend of” Lando or Han. I think they’re smart enough not to do that, right? Right. Although it’s a possibility that the female lead could have to choose between Han and Lando by the end of the film. Hm. As for Glover’s casting… everyone wanted him, so I’m happy. He’s in just the right place in his career for this kind of move, plus he’s already part of the Disney family: he just filmed a role in Disney/Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming too. So Glover is getting more and more mainstream. I like it!


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  1. Mia4S says:

    I’m still rolling my eyes at the whole concept of this movie and think it’s a terrible idea. However since no one cares what I think and there’s billions to be made….. sure he’s definitely a good choice. Probably the best choice.

    Still…this movie? Ugh. 🙄

  2. lightpurple says:

    Billy Dee’s Lando was just so very, very, very pretty. Donald Glover is pretty too so it works. if he can carry off the swagger.

  3. Hindulovegod says:

    I honestly thought he’d already been cast. Glover is the obvious choice for Lando. The rest of the actors on the list are great, but the assumption would have been that Glover turned it down.

  4. mia girl says:

    Great choice!

  5. Kezia says:

    Shallow note- Donald Glover is SO handsome

  6. Original T.C. says:


  7. tanakalee says:

    Whoop!!! 😀

  8. Marie says:

    Han and Lando in the morning!

    I’ve been a fan of him since Community so this is awesome news indeed!

  9. Locke Lamora says:

    I mean, they could have chosen someone who isn’t racist and misogynistic, but after all, this is Hollywood.

    • MapleGirl says:

      Yep. He is talented, but so so problematic. And his sensitive guy schtick doesn’t seem authentic at all.
      I’m not a fan of this casting choice.

    • tegteg says:

      Thank you! I was scrolling down the comments in disbelief that everyone thinks this casting is SO great. Why is racism and misogyny okay sometimes?

      • Original T.C. says:

        I’m admitting my ignorance; I only know his acting but know nothing about the gossip on him. Can someone bring me up to date on his racist and Mysgonist history please.

      • Kath says:

        Or sexism. See Exhibit A: Kanye West.

    • eto says:

      Is he still making comments like that? I need an excuse to not feel bad about watching Atlanta

    • Nicole says:

      Dang it. I’m late to the party. What are these comments? I need to learn myself.

      • Original T.C. says:

        Thanks for that link.

        WOW, I had no idea. Great actor but hot mess of a person if he really believes all that stuff about rape jokess being OK, treating Asian women as sexual fetishes instead of individual women with their own mind, and supporting the treatment of Black men as fetishes or using the R word in jokes when disability advocates have educated the public that it’s harmful…just gross.

        I’m honestly really surprised. I can’t believe Disney picked him if this is common knowledge! I’m like speechless. Like he really needs to volunteer at women’s shelters, Asian-American women’s groups and spend time with disabled children (who are often bright and funny).

      • M.A.F. says:

        From that site: “I’d much rather have AIDS than a baby… They’re not that different, you guys… They’re both expensive. You have them for the rest of your life. They’re constant reminders of the mistakes you’ve made. And once you have them, you pretty much can only date other people who have them. What’s the difference?”

        Didn’t he just have a baby?

  10. Nicole says:

    Go Gambino!

  11. Bridget says:

    Throwing my vote for Tessa Thompson for the female lead.

  12. Veronica says:

    I can deal with the woman being “the girlfriend” provided she has actual characterization to back it, but otherwise, the rest of the news here is exciting.

  13. Patty says:

    Um yeah. Sorry but he is disgusting. Hates black women, has some serious self hate issues and yeah he did just have a child with an Asian lady or a whites lady, or something.

    Doesn’t get the difference between being legitimately funny and edgy and just being a jackass. He’s gross. I stopped liking him when he told that terrible joke about cumming harder than he ever had when some woman said to f*** her hard with his n****** d***. Disgusting.

  14. Rosemary says:

    Female lead will be Solo’s pregnant ex, who went to Lando when she found out that she was knocked up, but she didn’t want Solo to know because he was a philandering douche bag. Of course, she dies in child-birth (because they are so primitive that they only have space travel, not medical technology).
    We now have a tidy female lead and a spin-off.

    • Alarmjaguar says:

      Thank you! Finally someone who gets it–when Amadala died in childbirth, I was like, really!? They are going to rebuild Vader from a torso, but she’s going to die having twins? Ridiculous

  15. Happy21 says:

    Billy Dee Williams was such a fox…lol 😉
    As a kid, he was the only male in any Star Wars movie I had a crush on.

    Donald Grover, meh!

  16. Nikki says:

    Ugh. Love the Star Wars universe of books – I mean the real ones not the Disney New Canon Crapola. So just NO to all of it for me, they are ruining everything about Star Wars for me. And after reading some of the stuff he has spouted – really Disney? He’s appropriate to be given a big pay day?? nope nope nope.