We’ve been hearing about Donald Glover being the top choice as Lando Calrissian in the upcoming untitled Han Solo: A Star Wars Story film since August. The rumor has persisted so long that it seemed to be an all but certain choice, even though as of two weeks ago it sounded like Disney wasn’t completely on board with Glover taking on the role, even though he was still the first choice.
Well, all that uncertainty seems to be a thing of the past, as Lucasfilm has officially cast Glover in the role of Calrissian. Here’s what directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord said in a statement via StarWars.com:
“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 actor is known for creating and starring in the FX series Atlanta as well as Troy in the critically acclaimed series Community. He was also nominated for Grammy under the name Childish Gambino for his album Because the Internet.
Glover will be co-starring with Alden Ehrenreich as the titular Han Solo. There is no word on whether Lucasfilm has finalized their choice on the female lead, but Tessa Thompson, Naomi Scott, and Zoe Kravitz are all up for the part, which fans suspect will be Sana Starros who appeared in the comics.
At this point something else has started percolating in my mind, which is what this film will actually be called. I keep referring to it as Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, but the more I think about it, the more it sounds like it will be more of an ensemble film. Even though Han Solo will be the main character, I’m no longer completely convinced it will necessarily bear that name — although I have no idea what they would replace it with. Maybe it will just be called Solo ,as opposed to the full Han Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Whatever the film will be called, it is set to premiere in theaters on May 25, 2018.