Donald Glover will play Lando Calrissian in 'Star Wars' spinoff



If you haven't yet caught up with FX's new series "Atlanta" then you are missing out on some of the best, most original TV ever produced in the medium. It is up to episode 8 at the moment, but it doesn't take much time to catch up to it since each episode is around 20 minutes in length. The show was created by and stars Donald Glover, he's a Jack of all trades talent of the highest order. If you know him by face, but can't pinpoint where you might have seen him then try maybe his comedic, but brilliant turn in Ridley Scott's "The Martian" just last year.

Via press release it was announced late this afternoon that Glover will have his shot at the big time nabbing the role of Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Hans Solo spinoff film. That film is set for a 2018 release. 

Press release read as follows:

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Lucasfilm announced today that Donald Glover, an acclaimed actor, award-winning writer, and Grammy-nominated artist, will be playing the part of Lando Calrissian in the still-untitled Han SoloStar Wars film, helmed by directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. 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.
“We’re so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join us,” said Lord and 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.”
Glover is best known for creating and starring in the critically acclaimed FX series Atlanta (which had the highest premiere numbers for any basic cable comedy show since 2013), as well as for starring in four seasons of the showCommunity, and for his Grammy-nominated album Because the Internet, performed under the name Childish Gambino. In addition, Glover appeared in the Academy Award-nominated The Martian, and will be seen in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming.
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