Donald Glover has a fair bit going on right now, what with his FX series Atlanta kicking off in early September, and the launch of his upcoming Childish Gambino album PHAROS, which he plans to premiere during a three-day camp-out in the California desert.
Glover might be busier still in years to come, with rumours that Disney and Lucasfilm are eyeing him off as a potential young Lando Calrissian, the role originally made famous by Billy Dee Williams, in the upcoming Han Solo prequel film.
In an interview this week with Time, Glover was asked about the rumour, and while he refused to confirm or deny it (not wanting to be crushed by the weight of Disney’s legal team and so on), he did at least acknowledge it.
He told the publication:
“Yep. There are rumors. I mean, I grew up on [Star Wars]. 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.”
There’s nothing more than that to go on at this stage, but Donald Glover totally has the charisma to pull it off, and we’re pretty excited to hear how this turns out.
The as-yet-untitled film will feature Alden Ehrenreich in the lead, and will tell the story of how young the Han Solo “became the smuggler, thief and scoundrel” who encountered Like Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Mos Eisley cantina.
It is due for release in 2018, and will be the second stand-alone Star Wars film on Disney’s watch, after Rogue One.
Meanwhile, in case you missed it, here’s Donald Glover talking about the time a dog bit his butt, and explaining how the launch of his new Childish Gambino album is going to go down:
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