Donald Glover’s ‘Star Wars’ Series Lando will Now be a Movie
In July, news surfaced that Disney and Lucasfilm had chosen Donald and Stephen Glover to take over from Justin Simien as the creative minds behind the upcoming “Lando” project for Disney+. However, there’s been a clarification in the plan. Lucasfilm has now officially revealed to Variety that the “Lando” project is, in fact, in the works as a movie rather than a television series. Donald Glover initially portrayed a young Lando Calrissian in the 2017 film “Solo,” which unfortunately fell short of Disney and Lucasfilm’s box office expectations.
Stephen Glover shared this update on the “Lando” project during a recent appearance on the “Pablo Torre Finds Out” podcast, stating, “It’s not going to be a show…the current concept is to create a movie. Due to ongoing developments, there might be some confusion in the information circulating right now.” This was the extent of the information Stephen could provide, and Lucasfilm subsequently confirmed the shift in the project’s format.
Lando Calrissian is a beloved character in the “Star Wars” universe. He first appears in “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980) and later in “Return of the Jedi” (1983). Lando is portrayed as a charismatic and charming gambler, entrepreneur, and former owner of the Millennium Falcon, a renowned starship. He hails from the mining colony of Cloud City on the planet Bespin.
Lando’s character is known for his stylish fashion sense, love of capes, and his ability to navigate the criminal underworld. Initially, he comes across as somewhat self-serving but ultimately proves himself to be a loyal friend to the Rebel Alliance and a key figure in their fight against the Galactic Empire. Lando’s smooth-talking nature and his complex moral compass make him a captivating and morally ambiguous character.
In an April interview with GQ magazine, Donald Glover disclosed that he was engaged in discussions with Lucasfilm regarding a potential new project centered around Lando within the “Star Wars” universe. He jokingly added, “We’re in conversations about it. That’s all I can reveal without risking [Lucasfilm president] Kathleen Kennedy launching a manhunt for me.”
“Solo: A Star Wars Story” dove into the backstory of the iconic characters Han Solo and Lando from the “Star Wars” franchise. In the movie, Donald Glover takes on the role of Lando Calrissian, a suave and charismatic gambler known for his charm and love of capes.
Glover’s portrayal of Lando was praised for capturing the essence of the character originally played by Billy Dee Williams. Glover brought a sense of style, wit, and a bit of roguish charm to the role. His interactions with Alden Ehrenreich’s Han Solo provided additional insight into their complicated friendship and rivalry.
In the GQ interview Glover added, “I would love to play Lando again. It’s a fun time, being him. It just has to be the right way to do it. Time is precious… People realize their time is valuable. You only get so much. I’m not interested in doing anything that’s going to be a waste of my time or just a paycheck. I’d much rather spend time with people that I enjoy. It just has to be the right thing, and I think it could be. Lando is definitely somebody I like to hang out with.”
It looks like Star Wars fans will be hanging out with Lando in theaters sometime in the near future. You can catch Stephen Glover’s interview on “Pablo Torre Finds Out” in the video above.
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