Lucasfilm just made it official: Donald Glover, star of Community and Atlanta, will portray a young Lando Calrissian in the stand-alone Han Solo movie set to hit theaters in 2018.
Glover will co-star with Alden Ehrenreich, confirmed earlier this year as the young Han Solo, in the movie directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. The Star Wars movie will take place in a time “previously unexplored” in the film franchise.
Here’s Lucasfilm’s description of the Han Solo Star Wars story:
This new film depicts 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.
Glover has long been rumored to wear Lando’s cape, taking over for actor Billy Dee Williams, who first portrayed the smuggler-turned-galactic entrepreneur in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Williams has since voiced the character in Lucasfilm’s animated series, Star Wars Rebels.
“We’re so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join us,” said Lord and Miller in an announcement. “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 untitled Han Solo Star Wars movie will be the second stand-alone anthology movie, after this December’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.