Han Solo is maybe the least interesting character in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
It didn’t take long for murmurs of disappointment over actor Alden Ehrenreich’s performance to reverberate around Twitter after Disney debuted the first trailer for Solo on Super Bowl Sunday. If we’re being honest, there wasn’t much about Han Solo to excite us. But one character did steal the show: Lando Calrissian.
A small glimpse of Donald Glover as one of the Original Trilogy’s major characters was enough to sell just about everyone. A screenshot of Glover’s Calrissian looking like the royalty he is (his title is Baron Administrator of Bespin, after all) spread across the internet faster than any other aspect of the trailer. His brief appearance in the trailer even inspired one creative Twitter user to create a Lando Calrissian-Donald Glover rap mashup.
oh wow, just caught a preview of Donald Glover's Lando rap for the Han #SoloMovie. didn't realize we'd be getting new Childish Gambino music so soon!! i hope Disney doesn't take this down! pic.twitter.com/t1BTAAiDiE— demi adejuyigbe (@electrolemon) February 6, 2018
The video is created by the brilliant TV writer Demi Adejuyigbe, and includes a fake rap about the enchanting Calrissian as “performed” by Glover.
Listen, the truth is the rap is straight fire. It’s a combination of internet goofiness and Glover’s signature hip-hop brand, stylistically defined by questionable pop culture references and an innate ability to make even the silliest rhymes roll off the tongue like liquid fuel.
The fake Lando Calrissian rap is remarkably one of the better songs floating around the internet today; that’s less of an attack on the current state of the music industry, and more of a kudos to Adejuyigbe’ genius.
Adejuyigbe’s video is more than just a silly rap parody that’s managed to captivate Twitter’s short attention span. It perfectly outlines why Glover’s Calrissian excites so many Star Wars fans five months before the film launches.
It’s not too late to think of a young Han Solo movie as a young Lando Calrissian flick, too. We all might be better off for it. No offense, Alden.
Solo: A Star Wars Story will be released on May 25.