Last month it was confirmed that the upcoming Han Solo Star Wars prequel had found its young Han Solo in Hail, Caesar! actor Alden Ehrenreich, thus ending months of speculation about who would get the role. The news was broken when the film’s directors, The LEGO Movie‘s Phil Lord and Chris Miller, made the announcement and brought Ehrenreich to the stage during the Future Filmmakers panel at Star Wars Celebration 2016 in London.
Fans got a whole new casting decision to speculate about earlier today, however, when it was announced that the Han Solo filmmakers were casting a young Lando Calrissian for the movie. While not as major a character as Han Solo in the original trilogy, Calrissian’s portrayal by Colt 45 spokesman Billy Dee Williams was nonetheless memorable. One big question is whether Lord and Miller will choose a familiar face to take up the iconic role, or go with a relative unknown like they did with Ehrenreich.
A new rumor from BMD suggests that it will be the former, at least for fans of the sitcom Community. According to the site, Donald Glover is Lord and Miller’s top pick for the role. Glover played Troy Barnes in seasons 1 through 5 of Community, forming one half of the powerhouse team behind Troy and Abed in the Morning. He moved on from the show to focus on his rapping career under the moniker Childish Gambino, but with a cameo announced for Spider-Man: Homecoming, he is not out of the acting game entirely. The announcement has already sparked enthusiasm from fans, including the tweet below offering a look at what Glover might look like as the young Calrissian:
Glover seems like a good fit for the role, given his diverse acting skills. He is a proven comedic actor thanks to his time on Community, but he also did a more dramatic turn in the horror movie The Lazarus Effect and straddled the line between the two with his big-budget blockbuster debut, The Martian. With Lord and Miller specializing in comedy, it is likely that they will inject at least some humor into their Han Solo movie, but Glover would be able to handle the role either way.
With that said, Glover being cast for the role is not a sure thing. The rumor at this point isn’t even that he’s being cast, it’s just that he is Lord and Miller’s top pick – though that still may not be the case. Whether or not the studio would want him for the role or he would even want to take the role himself is entirely up in the air, so this particular rumor should be taken with a giant grain of salt as of now.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in U.S. theaters on December 16, 2016, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15, 2017, the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25, 2018, Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019, and the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.