Lando Calrissian is one of the Star Wars Original Trilogy’s (OT) unique characters. When first introduced to us in Empire Strikes Back, he was the somewhat untrustworthy “friend” of Han Solo who is the administrator of Bespin, the cloud city. Ultimately Lando betrays his longtime buddy to The Empire getting Han Solo encased in carbonite and on his way to Jabba The Hutt via Boba Fett (God Empire was so awesome!). After he reluctantly betrays his friend and their rebel compatriots, he makes amends and tries to rescue him, showing the audience that he did have a good heart. He gets the ultimate redemption in Return of the Jedi when he leads the assault on the Second Death Star and ends of being the hero who destroys the Empire’s weapon. While many of the OT cast and characters returned for The Force Awakens, Lando was noticeably missing, upsetting some fans. While there are some rumors that he may appear in the next Star Wars sequel, that doesn’t mean he’s completely missing from further adventures of the Star Wars Universe. Recently a young Lando showed up on Star Wars Rebels. Now it looks like we’ll see Young Lando somewhere else.
Lando will be one of the secondary characters in the Star Wars spin-off films Han Solo: A Star Wars Story. After all, there’s an existing backstory between Han Solo and Lando Calrissian by the time we meet Lando in Empire Strikes Back, why not explore it in the upcoming film? In the spin-off, young Lando and young Han will be gambling buddies. The casting name for Lando (to keep it under wraps) is “Chance.” This is possibly related to his luck when it comes to gambling. While no plot details have been made, there is also news of the actor Disney has in mind for the role.
Actor/Writer/Rapper Donald Glover is reportedly the front-runner for the role of Lando. In addition to his work on Community, Ultimate Spider-Man, The Martian, he will be in Spider-Man: Homecoming next year and his own show Atlanta (which he is the creator and executive producer for) coming the end of the month. Glover was a writer an executive story editor for the show 30 Rock. Glover also is a rapper under the stage name Childish Gambino and has more than 2 professional albums, 2 EPs, and 7 mixtapes as well. Of course, fans remember the campaign for him to be Miles Morales for the upcoming Spiderman role, and in the comics that character was actually inspired by Glover and President Barack Obama. Glover seems to be a perfect choice as someone smith enough to take over the role Billy Dee Williams made iconic.
Han Solo: A Star Wars Story will hit theaters on May 25th, 2018.