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Star Wars Aftermath: Empire’s End returns Lando to Cloud City

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In the Star Wars original trilogy, Lando Calrissian went from a skeezy double crossing businessman to a General of the Rebel Alliance and one of the biggest heroes of the Battle of Endor. Needless to say, many fans were upset to find him without an appearance in The Force Awakens, even though the rest of the main cast from the OT was reunited. With Donald Glover putting on the cape and mustache for the now-officially-in-production young Han Solo movie, Lando is officially on his way back to the big screen. While he hasn’t had a presence in the new movies yet, the character hasn’t been entirely unused in other stories – he’s had a couple appearances in Star Wars Rebels, and even got his own Marvel miniseries.

lando-star-wars-rebelsLando voiced again by Billy Dee Williams in the Star Wars Rebels episode Idiot’s Array.

Remember Lando’s first scene in Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back:

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There have only been a few books and comics that take place in the 35 year span between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, but the real heavy lifting during that era has been done by Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath trilogy, which is about to be concluded with Aftermath: Empire’s End on February 21:

Aftermath previously served as the only post Return of the Jedi story to include Wedge Antilles in any significant way in modern canon, and it looks like Empire’s End is going to do the same thing for Lando Calrissian. As is revealed in a recent excerpt from the book, released by io9 (read the full excerpt here), Lando is back at Cloud City, trying to pick up where he left off before the Empire showed up on his doorstep.

The excerpt includes a couple major connections to previous Star Wars stories. The first is from the (now cancelled) mobile game Star Wars: Uprising, where the Imperial Governor Adelhard creates a blockade in the Anoat sector (home to Bespin and Hoth), and attempts to retain imperial control immediately after the Battle of Endor.

“After Endor, he thought he would just be able to sweep in here like a handsome king retaking his throne in the sky—but then that son-of-a-slug Governor Adelhard formed the Iron Blockade. He kept the people here trapped not only by a well-organized Imperial remnant, but also by a grand lie: that Palpatine was not dead.”

lando-calrissianThe second reference ties back to one of the “interludes” from the first book in the trilogy, Star Wars: Aftermath, where an uprising in Cloud City is led by a pirate, Kars Tal-Korla, who’s working with Lando’s right hand man, Lobot. Not so surprisingly, the Empire’s End excerpt reveals that Lobot is still working with Lando, who had slowly led this uprising from the shadows to eventually beat Governor Adelhard’s blockade and retake Cloud City.

The excerpt takes place on Cloud City’s casino level, which may remind many fans of rumors that some characters visit a “casino planet” in The Last Jedi. Obviously Lando doesn’t run every casino in the galaxy (as much as we’re sure he’d like to), but fans hoping for a Billy Dee Williams appearance in Episode VIII will obviously be encouraged by this passage.

The passage also features a Hamilton Easter egg (“The Rebellion was easy, Lando. Governing’s harder.”), and Lando stresses about a baby gift for Han and Leia. While it’s only a brief tease of what Empire’s End has in store – outside of finally revealing more details about the Battle of Jakku – it’s definitely enticing for Star Wars fans, especially those that love the cape-wearing Baron Administrator of Cloud City, Lando Calrissian.

Star Wars Aftermath: Empire’s End will hit stores on February 21.

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Updated: Han Solo movie casts Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian

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Han Solo may have met his ultimate end in Star Wars: The Force Awakens last year, but since the character is one of the most beloved in the entire franchise, Lucasfilm isn’t planning on moving away from the iconic smuggler. Harrison Ford’s time in the role may be done, but the studio has a young Han Solo spinoff coming through the pipeline, due in theaters May 2018. Directed by the dynamic duo of Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street, The LEGO Movie), the film sees rising star Alden Ehrenreich take over – perhaps for a trilogy of movies.

Finding the new Han Solo was obviously a crucial part of the production process, but the filmmakers still need to round out a supporting cast before filming begins in January 2017. Many were wondering if Han’s buddy Lando Calrissian would appear in the spinoff in some capacity, with the rumor mill suggesting that Lord and Miller were looking for someone to play a young version of the old smoothie. Now, their supposed first choice for the part has officially signed on.

donald-gloverIn an official release on starwars.com, it is confirmed that Donald Glover is on board to play Lando in the upcoming film. According to the report, Han Solo will show Calrissian “in his formative years as a scoundrel on the rise in the galaxy’s underworld” before becoming the administrator at Bespin’s Cloud City.

Now that viewers know they’ll get to see Lando in his youth, the question becomes how exactly he factors into the narrative. Lucasfilm’s announcement is characteristically short on details, but Borys Kit of THR is hearing from sources that the spinoff will “tell how Lando Calrissian lost the Millennium Falcon to Han.” Ideally, there will be more to the film than that (since viewers know Han was the captain of the ship for most of his life), but it should still be a treat for longtime fans to learn how that all went down. Per the non-canon Legends, Han beat Lando in a game of sabacc, so it will be interesting to see what the “official” explanation is. Chances are, some gambling is taking place in the galactic underworld.

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Lord and Miller expressed excitement over the news, saying, “We’re so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join us.” While some fans remain skeptical of a young Han Solo movie, it’s hard to argue against Lucasfilm’s casting choices. Ehrenreich was a scene-stealer in this year’s Hail, Caesar! and Glover should also prove to be a valuable addition. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated great range and earned widespread praise for his new TV series Atlanta this year. With his background in comedy, Glover should be a strong fit for Lord and Miller’s style, and it’ll be fun to watch him and Ehrenreich play off each other. If their interactions are anything like Harrison Ford and Billy Dee Williams, viewers will enjoy a wild ride.

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Lando is arguably an original trilogy character that’s been shortchanged since Disney took over Lucasfilm, as he wasn’t even mentioned in Episode VII. It’s nice to see that the fan-favorite is a big part of the studio’s plans, and if Ehrenreich is locked in for multiple pictures, chances are Glover will be as well. Lord and Miller are aiming to start filming in a matter of months, so there should be more casting announcements – such as the female lead – in the very near future.

UPDATED 29 October: Donald Glover ‘Honored’ to Play Lando

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It’s been a very good year in 2016 for actor Donald Glover, across multiple mediums. Following his acclaimed turn in last year’s The Martian movie, Glover’s album under his rap alter ego, Childish Gambino, Because The Internet, was certified gold. His FX hip-hop drama, Atlanta, has drawn rave critical reviews and was picked up almost immediately for a second season. And last week, he won the coveted role of Lando Calrissian in the upcoming standalone Star Wars anthology film about Han Solo.

In the film from directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord (21 Jump Street, The LEGO Movie), Glover will step into the shoes of Billy Dee Williams, who played Lando in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi; he’ll be appearing opposite Alden Ehrenreich, who will be playing the part made iconic by Harrison Ford. The film starts production early next year with the release date set for late spring in 2018. Most Star Wars fans seem pretty happy with the casting of Glover, and it appears the actor himself is happy to have won the role.

In an appearance on The Ellen Show, Glover expressed his gratitude over having been cast in such an iconic part. Glover told Ellen DeGeneres that he is “honored” to have taken the role, and to be part of Star Wars. The actor said he’s loved the Star Wars films ever since he was a child – referencing the viral photo of Glover wearing a Star Wars t-shirt as a high school student. He even shared that a Lando Calrissian action figure was the first toy he ever had, along with one of Darth Vader.

While lifelong affinity for Star Wars is by no means a prerequisite for involvement in the present movies, there’s something to be said for lifelong passion for the material. And that’s something Glover clearly has, whether it’s Star Wars or Spider-man — another franchise Glover publicly campaigned to participate in, and ultimately landed a role in Spider-man: Homecoming.

The question will be, can Glover and Ehrenreich recreate the chemistry, and the complicated relationship, that we saw between Han and Lando back when Ford and Williams played the parts? The previous actors, in limited screen time, conveyed a whole lot of complex and shared history. When it comes time to show us that history, are the new actors up to it? Based on what we’ve seen from them in past roles, they certainly seem up to the task.

The untitled Han Solo Star Wars Anthology Film is scheduled to hit theaters on May 25, 2018.