Actor also known as Childish Gambino will play a young Lando Calrissian

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Donald Glover has joined the cast of of Disney’s Star Wars spin-off movie about a young Han Solo.

Alden Ehrenreich, best known for his roles in Hail, Caesar! and Blue Jasmine, was officially cast as a young Han Solo earlier in July. A film telling the character’s origin story is due to start shooting in January for a May 2018 release.

Following months of rumours, Disney announced this evening (October 21) that Glover – also known as rapper Childish Gambino – has been officially cast as a young Lando Calrissian.

Calrissian is a former pilot and administrator of Cloud City who helped the Rebel Alliance in overthrowing Imperial Forces. Billy Dee Williams played the role in the original Star Wars trilogy.

Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller said in a statement: “We’re so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join us. 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.”

This marks the second franchise role for Glover following Spider-Man: Homecoming, which hits cinemas in July 2017.

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