In news that will have Star Wars fans exclaiming, “cool, cool-cool-cool,” LucasFilm confirmed on Friday that it had cast comedian, actor, and rapper Donald Glover to portray “young Lando Calrissian” in the first Han Solo origin-story film. Glover will star alongside previously announced Solo actor Alden Ehrenreich in the still-unnamed film, which is set to launch in theaters sometime in 2018.
Glover, who broke out as a writer on 30 Rock before starring in the weird-and-hilarious series Community, will portray Calrissian “in his formative years as a scoundrel on the rise in the galaxy’s underworld,” according to a LucasFilm statement. The announcement didn’t mention previously leaked details about the Solo film leading off a trilogy, to which Ehrenreich is already signed in case the first film does well enough at the box office.
According to Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (of Clone High, Jump Street, and LEGO Movie fame), who will be directing the first Solo film: