Donald Glover is on the cusp of breaking through with the average movie-going audience. Thanks to his roles in Community, The Martian, and his career as a rapper under the name Childish Gambino, he is already a well-known actor that many a person would recognize. However, he has not yet had that big breakout or starring role in a blockbuster film, fueling the rumors that he's in contention to snag one (or more) in the future. A few years ago, his hat was even thrown into the ring to play the Miles Morales version of Spider-Man, although Sony eventually chose to stick with Peter Parker and cast Andrew Garfield.
With reports now circulating that Han Solo's buddy Lando Calrissian will be featured in the upcoming young Han Solo movie, Glover has been named the top contender for the role. There has not yet been any official movement on that front, but Glover did address these rumors and his love for the Star Wars franchise, as a whole.
In an interview with Time Magazine, Glover was asked about the rumors that he could play a young version of Lando, originally played by Billy Dee Williams. Unsurprisingly, he would not confirm or deny that he was in contention or in talks, only stating, "Yep. There are rumors." If he is lucky enough to get the role, it would mean a lot to him after spending a good portion of his life being a big fan of the franchise.
"I mean, I grew up on it. My dad was a big fan. I had all the toys when I was little. I had a Darth Vader with the lightsaber he has. It was cool. It’s a dynasty. It’s like the bible. I love that franchise."
The young Han Solo movie is slated to begin filming in the first quarter of 2017, so while audiences wait to see whether or not Glover gets the role, they will have the chance to see him on the big screen in an unknown role next year. He may not be playing Miles Morales as the Internet had hoped for, but Glover will have a role in Spider-Man's first Marvel Cinematic Universe solo film, Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Again, Glover would not divulge any information on to who he is playing in Homecoming during the Time interview, but did talk about his experience working on the movie.
"The Internet is a strange box. It was weird to see that full circle. I only did it because I thought it was a cool role. I’m never going to do something just because. I’d rather take a risk, at least right now when I can still do that. It’s just weird.
"The movie was fun to shoot. I’m glad I got the opportunity. You don’t want it to feel like some sort of affirmative action. This wasn’t that at all. I know the director, he’s doing a really good job and good ideas."
Glover has been hesitant to land a big franchise role in the past and is now launching a new television series, Atlanta, but it is possible that his experiences on The Martian and Spider-Man: Homecoming made him less weary about the troubles that could come with working with big studios in Hollywood. It is unlikely that we learn who Glover is playing anytime soon, but maybe the trailers will be able to give us a better indication as to what level of interaction he will have with star Tom Holland in Homecoming.
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 IXin 2019, and the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming– July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Untitled Avengers – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.
Source: Time Magazine