As far as casting news goes, the announcements surrounding the upcoming Han Solo film were about as big as it could get. Casting young versions of Han and Lando Clarissian were crucial decisions for Lucasfilm, and fans seem to think they knocked it out of the park.
Alden Ehrenreich is a solid choice for young Han Solo, but it was the Lando decision that made the geek community jump for joy. Fan-favorite nerd Donald Glover has been tapped to play the sidekick, and people could not be more excited.
Sure, Donald Glover is beloved by millions of fans around the world, but that's not the reason he's a great fit for Lando Calrissian. To be honest, there's plenty to choose from.
We decided to dive into just a few of the many reasons Donald Glover will make the perfect Lando Calrissian.
He's Got The Look Down
Part of the reason people liked Glover for the role is that he looks the part. That's not exactly why he was given the role, but it definitely helped a lot.
Everything about Donald Glover is reminiscent of Billy Dee Williams in his prime. When you put the two actors side-by-side, they look incredibly related.
This resemblance will provide a seemless transition from one to the other - and fans will immediately recognize Glover's character.
He Began As A Comedic Actor
While Glover can be taken seriously as an actor and musician, his career took off due to his gifted comedy.
Lando Calrissian can be a serious guy at times, but it's been said that he was much more fun in his younger days. When he was working as smugglers, Lando and Han probably had non-stop laughs.
He's used those roots to make his new series Atlanta one of the most beloved on television. The unique mix of hilarious and real is a tone that few can actually achieve, and Donald nails it.
Glover will be able to use his comedic skills to make the heavy action scenes more accessible, and help bring the dramatic scenes to a level fans can feel.
He's A Creative Through And Through
Donald Glover is known for his acting and rapping, but he is becoming more respected for his skills as a writer and producer.
Before his role on Community took off, Glover actually won his first Primetime Emmy award. He did so as a writer for the sitcom 30 Rock, where he worked alongside Tina Fey and Tracy Morgan.
Since then, he's moved into creating his own shows. Atlanta - which Glover writes, directs, produces, and stars in - has been recognized as one of the year's best new shows. It was also given two Golden Globes after its first season.
Many of Han Solo's best lines in the original Star Wars films were improvised, so that tactic could be used in the new movie. Glover's talents with words will provide the creative team with and endless source of great dialogue.
Donald Glover Is A Nerd At Heart
It's no secret that Glover is a nerd, and he takes no shame in talking about it all the time. He's voiced Miles Morales for the Marvel Animated Spider-Man series, and he let fans know that he was always fond of the character.
It's also no secret that Star Wars is one of Glover's favorite childhood franchises, and that he's always wanted a role in that universe. Now that he's got it, he's continuing to prove that he's caring for it well. Since receiving the role, the actor has contantly prepared his mind and body for Lando Calrissian.
The Han Solo movie is set to hit theaters in 2018, and Donald Glover's take on Lando is one of the biggest draws as filming begins. He's a passionate talent, and the guy can only bring great things to the film.