With Alden Ehrenreich cast as a young Han Solo, it was only a matter of time before the role of Lando Calrissian would be announced. And the name is a familiar face for many sci-fi fans. Per Lucasfilm:
Lucasfilm announced today that Donald Glover, an acclaimed actor, award-winning writer, and Grammy-nominated artist, will be playing the part of Lando Calrissian in the still-untitled Han Solo Star Wars film, helmed by directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Glover will join Alden Ehrenreich — previously cast as Han Solo — in bringing two iconic Star Wars characters back to the big screen, but at a time in their lives previously unexplored. 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.
The untitled Han Solo film is expected to hit theaters in 2018. Glover is currently basking in the success of his hit show Atlanta on FX, and his inclusion in the Star Wars universe is a welcome addition.