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Donald Glover Will Play Lando Calrissian in Han Solo Star Wars Movie

Donald Glover attends the Variety Magazine and Women in Film 2016 Television Nominees Celebration on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Richard Shotwell—Invision/AP Donald Glover attends the Variety Magazine and Women in Film 2016 Television Nominees Celebration in West Hollywood, Calif., on Sept. 16, 2016.

The Atlanta star will act opposite Alden Ehrenreich in the stand-alone film

Donald Glover will play Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Star Wars stand-alone movie about Han Solo.

The actor, writer and musical artist was previously rumored to be a front-runner to revive the beloved Calrissian character, but screen tests have still taken months. There was also concern that filming for the second season of Glover’s show Atlanta could interfere with production, scheduled to start in January, Variety reports.

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

Calrissian was originally played by Billy Dee Williams in Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.


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