Lucasfilm has officially settled on the actor to play young Lando Calrissian in the upcoming (but still untitled) Han Solo standalone film. Donald Glover, who starred in Community and also created and starred in the FX series Atlanta (and was nominated for a Grammy under the name Childish Gambino), will step into the role.
In the new film, we'll get a glimpse of Lando in his formative years as a scoundrel rising through the underworld of the galaxy. Chronologically, the film will take place years before the original trilogy, and even before the upcoming spin-off film, Rogue One.
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, of LEGO Movie fame, are directing, and Alden Ehrenreich is set to star as young Han Solo.
Of Glover's casting, Lord and Miller said:
"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."
In addition to joining the Star Wars universe, Glover will step into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with an appearance i Spier-Man: Homecoming.