2018’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story” may not have done too well at the box office, but one enduring highlight from it is Donald Glover’s performance as Lando Calrissian. The smooth-talking, cape-wearing smuggler effortlessly stole every scene he was in, which is why conversations about a Lando-focused spinoff have been swirling for years.
In December 2020, Disney announced that a series centered around Lando was in the works with “Haunted Mansion” director Justin Simien as showrunner. However, Simien wound up exiting the project and Donald and his brother, Stephen Glover, took over, per The Hollywood Reporter. During a Sept. 14 appearance on the podcast “Pablo Torre Finds Out,” Stephen revealed that the project is now a movie being made in partnership with Lucasfilm. “It’s not even a show . . . the idea right now is to do a movie. Right now, because of the strike, it’s kind of like telephone, all of the information,” he said. Reps for Lucasfilm did not immediately respond to POPSUGAR’s request for comment.
Donald briefly discussed the project in an April interview with GQ, though remained evasive about its status. “I would love to play Lando again. It’s a fun time, being him. It just has to be the right way to do it. Time is precious. The past couple of years, this pandemic sh*t, it really had people experience time . . . People realize their time is valuable. You only get so much. I’m not interested in doing anything that’s going to be a waste of my time or just a paycheck,” he said. “I’d much rather spend time with people that I enjoy. It just has to be the right thing, and I think it could be. Lando is definitely somebody I like to hang out with.”
While we likely won’t see Donald in all his caped glory for quite a while, especially given the ongoing SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes, you can always travel back 40 years ago to Billy Dee Williams’s original take on the character in “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi” for more Lando content. Donald has also kept busy in the years since debuting as Lando, working on everything from “Atlanta” and “Swarm” to a forthcoming remake of “Mr. and Mrs. Smith.”