The standalone Han Solo film, expected to be called Han Solo: A Star Wars Story in order to distinguish it from the Episode saga, is being directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. This standalone film portrays Lando in his formative years as a scoundrel on the rise in the galaxy’s underworld — years before the events involving Han, Leia, and Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back and his rise to Rebel hero in Return of the Jedi.
On the announcement, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller said:
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 apologise to Donald for ruining Comic-Con for him forever.
Donald Glover (whose credits include Community, The Martian and also starring in the series he created Atlanta) will be joining previously cast Alden Ehrenreich who is playing Han Solo. I for one love the casting, primarily because I’ve been a fan of Glover’s work for some years now. To be fair in my mind it was between him and Michael B. Jordan for the role and considering the film is going to be directed by Lord and Miller, it just seemed like the right fit for Glover to be cast in the role.
The untitled Han Solo Star Wars film is scheduled for cinematic release sometime in 2018.