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He’ll be joining Alden Ehrenreich, who’s already been cast as Han Solo, at a time in the space saga that has been previously unexplored.
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Glover is taking on Billy Dee Williams' original role, who played Lando in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. In the new movie, Lando will be depicted in his formative years as a “scoundrel on the rise in the galaxy’s underworld.”
Chronologically, the movie will take place between the prequel Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and George Lucas' first Star Wars film, Episode IV: A New Hope.
“We’re so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join us,” said directors Phil Lord and Christopher 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.”
The yet-to-be-titled Han Solo movie is set for a 2018 release.
Glover is best known for creating and starring in the FX series Atlanta, as well as starring four seasons in Community. He will also be in the upcoming Spider Man: Homecoming.