Donald Glover is moving from “Atlanta” to a galaxy far far away.
On Friday, the official “Star Wars” website released a statement announcing that the actor has been cast as smuggler Lando Calrissian in the currently untitled Han Solo spinoff.
Glover will join Alden Ehrenreich, who beat out bigger-name actors like Miles Teller, Logan Lerman, Dave Franco and Ansel Elgort for the role of Han, in the project set to hit theaters in 2018.
“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.”
Earlier this year, Billy Dee Williams, who played Calrissian in “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi,” commented on rumors of Glover’s casting, explaining that he’s far from thrilled to see a new iteration of the iconic character.
“I don’t know who Donald Glover is. But as far as I’m concerned, I would say they [”Star Wars” producers] should leave that character alone. I don’t think you can do any more than what I did with that character. I think I made that character into something very special, and I can’t imagine anybody else doing it, to be very frank with you.”
Well, it’s about time you got familiar.