Donald Glover and Brother Stephen Glover to Write “Lando” Series
Donald Glover is hopping back in the Millennium Falcon.
Glover is set to reprise his role as Lando Calrissian, which he first took on in the Star Wars spinoff film Solo: A Star Wars Story back in 2018, for Disney+’s upcoming new series Lando. Glover will star and co-write alongside his brother Steven Glover, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The deal was struck prior to the writer’s strike, which began in May. Previously, Haunted Mansion and Dear White People director Justin Simien was attached, but he moved on before the Glover brothers signed on.
Glover’s portrayal of the young Lando Calrissian (played in the original Star Wars trilogy, as well as in the most recent, by Billy Dee Williams) was the rare case of a performer fitting perfectly into a role made iconic by somebody else before. He has the natural charm and sense of mischief that Williams first brought to the role when he appeared as Han Solo’s brother-in-smuggling in The Empire Strikes Back.
Glover had this to say back in April to GQ: “I’m not interested in doing anything that is going to be a waste of my time or just a paycheck. I would much rather spend time with people I enjoy. It just has to be the right thing, which I think it could be. Lando is definitely somebody I’d like to hang out with. We’re talking about it. That’s as much as I can say.”
Now, THR says that the deal is on. The next step, hopefully, is that there’s a resolution soon to the simultaneous SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes, and the Glover brothers, along with everybody else in the industry, can get back to doing what they love.
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Featured image: Donald Glover is Lando Calrissian in SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY. Courtesy Lucasfilm/Walt Disney Studios.