Donald Glover is joining the Star Wars universe.
Disney announced Friday that the writer, actor and rapper will play Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Han Solo Star Wars film.
Billy Dee Williams first inhabited the role of Calrissian, who made his appearance as the head of Cloud City, a floating city above the planet Bespin, in The Empire Strikes Back. He has a competitive and strained friendship with Solo, having lost the starship Millennium Falcon to the smuggler and future Rebel commander in a card game.
Disney and Lucasfilm’s untitled Han Solo spin-off is slated for 2018 and is from directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Alden Ehrenreich is starring as Solo, playing the role made iconic by Harrison Ford.
Lord and Miller say the new film will explore a previously unseen side of Lando, with Lucasfilm saying it will show “his formative years as a scoundrel on the rise in the galaxy’s underworld.” Sources say the film will show how Lando lost the Millennium Falcon to Han.
“We’re so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join us,” said Lord and Miller in a statement. “These are big shoes to fill, and an even bigger cape, and this one fits him perfectly, which will save us money on alterations. Also, we’d like to publicly apologize to Donald for ruining Comic-Con for him forever.”
Donald is better known in music circles by his performing name, Childish Gambino, and also shot to stardom in NBC’s Community. He also wrote and stars in the FX series Atlanta.