‘Lando’: Donald Glover Confirmed To Write And Star In Disney+ Series As Justin Simien Exits

Ever since Donald Glover’s Lando Calrissian turned out to be the best thing about Solo: A Star Wars Story, fans have been eager to see him return. While reports he’d return for a new Lando television series on Disney+ have been frequent over the years, confirmations have been hard to come by. Well, what have we here? It’s an actual confirmation of Glover’s return, courtesy of Above The Line.

Glover is officially back as Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars series for Disney+. Donald will be writing the screenplay alongside his brother, Stephen. Dear White People and Haunted Mansion‘s Justin Simien, who had been previously attached, is off the project.

Just a few months ago Glover admitted he was in talks with Lucasfilm about playing Lando Calrissian again.

To be clear, this move was completed weeks ago before the SAG-AFTRA strike so Glover isn’t busting the line or anything. As for Simien, who bounced from the series when work on Haunted Mansion (which is out this week)began to take over, and that’s when Lucasfilm decided Glover should be more closely involved as a writer. Makes sense, given how in tune with the character he clearly is.

Finally, some forward momentum on this. Lando was announced three years ago along with Ahsoka, The Acolyte, and the former Rangers of the Republic. Those shows are right around the corner, and hopefully, Lando can get moving once the various strikes are over.

Travis Hopson
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