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Donald Glover to Play Lando Calrissian in Upcoming 'Star Wars' Standalone Movie

by Alex Ungerman 3:20 PM PDT, October 21, 2016
Playing Donald Glover to Play Lando Calrissian in Upcoming 'Star Wars' Standalone Movie

Donald Glover is having a huge year!

The Atlanta star has been cast as Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Star Wars standalone film revolving around a young Han Solo directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, Lucasfilm announced on Friday.

"We’re so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join us," Lord and Miller said in a statement. "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."

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The still-untitled movie, which is set to premiere in 2018, will center around Calrissian -- who was played by Billy Dee Williams in the original films -- and Han Solo, delving into their "previously unexplored" backstory, according to the Star Wars site, and showcase "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."

After the announcement, Lord continued his praise of Glover on Twitter, writing, "This part rests on very capable shoulders."

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Miller added, "This deal's getting better all the time."

We're honestly looking forward to this so much.

This is just the latest casting news for the 33-year-old actor and musician, who earlier this year was cast in Spider-Man: Homecoming, years after a fan campaign online attempted to make him the franchise's new hero.

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Meanwhile, ET learned last week that Glover is actually a father, and had his first child earlier this year!

Watch the video below.

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