In a surprising turn of events, Donald Glover’s return as the iconic Lando Calrissian will now grace the silver screen instead of our small screens. Deadline has confirmed this exciting development, marking a shift from the previously announced Disney+ series to a full-fledged theatrical feature film.
The news came to light through none other than Stephen Glover, Donald’s brother and fellow executive producer of the hit series “Atlanta,” who had been collaborating on the Lando project with his sibling. This revelation emerged during an episode of the “Pablo Torre Finds Out” podcast, where the three-time Atlanta Emmy nominee shared the exciting update.
“It’s not even a show,” Stephen Glover enthusiastically disclosed. “The idea right now is to do a movie. … Right now because of the strike, it’s like [a game of] telephone.”
Donald Glover’s portrayal of the suave gambler and charming double-crosser Lando Calrissian first graced the Star Wars universe in the 2018 film “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” Although the movie faced challenges during production and its box office performance fell short of expectations, Glover’s rendition of Lando resonated deeply with fans.
Lando Calrissian, originally brought to life by the charismatic Billy Dee Williams in “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” (1980) and reprised in “Return of the Jedi” (1983) as well as “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” (2019), has remained an enduring and beloved character in the franchise.
The decision to transform the Lando project from a Disney+ series into a theatrical release was initially unveiled during a Disney investor day in December 2020. Notably, Disney+ has recently adjusted its content production strategy, allowing for more spacing between programming.
As fans eagerly await the return of Lando Calrissian to the Star Wars universe, this cinematic venture promises to bring the charismatic character back to life on the big screen, further enriching the epic galaxy far, far away with Donald Glover’s undeniable talent and charisma.