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Donald Glover Cast as Lando Calrissian in New 'Star Wars' Film

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Donald Glover at Roy Thomson Hall on Sept. 11, 2015 in Toronto. 

Childish Gambino is headed to a galaxy far, far away.

Donald Glover is headed to a galaxy far, far away.

The Atlanta actor has been cast as classic Star Wars character Lando Calrissian in the upcoming young Han Solo spinoff, StarWars.com announced Friday (Oct. 21). 

Disney and Lucasfilm’s untitled Han Solo spin-off is slated for 2018 and is from directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Alden Ehrenreich is starring as Solo, playing the role made iconic by Harrison Ford.

Billy Dee Williams first inhabited the role of Calrissian, who made his appearance as the head of Cloud City, a floating city above the planet Bespin, in The Empire Strikes Back. He has a competitive and strained friendship with Solo, having lost the starship Millennium Falcon to the smuggler and future Rebel commander in a card game.  

Aside from starring in the critically acclaimed TV shows Atlanta and Community, Glover is also rapper Childish Gambino, whose Because the Internet was one of the most celebrated hip-hop albums of 2013.

This article originally appeared in The Hollywood Reporter.