Everything We Know About Disney’s Lando Series

Published on January 20, 2021

Recently, Disney announced a whole new slew of Star Wars movies and shows coming out over the next few years. The company didn’t reveal too much about their hottest property, but one of the reveals: a show starring fan-favorite, Lando Calrissian. The character recently returned in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Solo: A Star Wars Story. The icon will soon be back in a mysterious Landoff series.

For the latter film, Donald Glover donned the cape as one of the coolest characters in the Star Wars galaxy. There was talk of a Lando film as well, but after the lackluster response and box-office performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story, those rumors were squashed. Glover, also known as Childish Gambino, was well-cast in the role. Unfortunately, the movie as a whole fell flat with an uninspired story, miscasting, and answers to needless questions. The movie has its moments of entertainment, though, with plenty coming from Glover.

When Disney announced a Lando spinoff, the company didn’t specify whether Glover or the original actor who played the role, Billy Dee Williams, would return. Maybe there’s room for both. Long before Disney officially announced the series, there were rumors the co-creator and star of Atlanta would reprise the role. In Solo: A Star Wars Story, Lando was far from running cloud city like he does in Empire Strikes Back.

Glover one day wants to see the character running the magnificent city in the sky. However, he’d first want to see conning people in the galaxy a la Catch Me If You Can. “I think charismatic and people are like, you know what, you should own this city,” the actor once said. “You should own Cloud City, like that kind of thing, or like winning. I think it would be just nice to see oh, like I’m a General, and now I’m mad at this hotel, and then now, I’m just like… I think that will be just funny but also cool to see how far charm gets you. Almost a Catch Me If You Can, a space ‘Catch Me If You Can.’”

Glover’s Lando was young. He hadn’t, as Glover said, been knocked around by life quite yet. Perhaps the series could bridge the young Lando and Billy Dee Williams’ Lando. “He hasn’t really been bruised by life yet,” Glover added. “It’s nice to see those people as kids because it’s fun to see them make mistakes and try things out and see them not having it all together. That’s the cool part. I always loved Young Indiana Jones. And I remember when I was a kid there was also James Bond Jr. I loved both of those just because you got to see them make mistakes, which is cool.”

It’s still unconfirmed whether Glover will return. He’s very busy these days with more seasons of his fantastic FX series, Atlanta, which is unlike anything on television at the moment. On top of that, Glover has his career in music. The actor was well cast in the Star Wars role, but obviously, a series to let his charisma fully shine would be more than welcomed.

Plus, Glover would get to work with another very talented filmmaker and showrunner, Justin Simien, the creator of Dear White People. Simien was a great choice for the series. He’s both a bold and entertaining storyteller, somebody with something to say to go along with the fun. Simien has a great eye, a great sense of humor, and based on Netflix’s Dear White People, knows how to build an immersive world with a lot of characters, conflict, and even a bit of mystery. Simien’s involvement is what makes the future Landoff series a promising new addition to the Star Wars cannon.

Jack Giroux is a Staff Writer at Grit Daily. Based in Los Angeles, he is an entertainment journalist who's previously written for Thrillist, Slash Film, Film School Rejects, and The Film Stage.

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