The nerdosphere is a buzz with news about 2018’s untitled young Han Solo movie having cast it’s Lando Calrissian. Actor, comedian, writer, and rapper Donald Glover, AKA Childish Gambino will be playing the role made famous by Billy Dee Williams. I think it’s probably a pretty decent choice.
I’m a big fan of Glover’s FX show Atlanta. It’s about semi-homeless slacker who tires to become his cousin’s manager. The cousin is a drug dealer turned up and coming rapper with a single radio hit, but lots of potential.
The show doesn’t go for obvious laughs, it’s weirdly paced and accesses humor and sadness the way a Louis C.K. show does. The strangeness of the show displays itself with touches like secret rooms in club, spoof commercials, non-sequitur dialog, and dream sequences. Glover said he wanted to make a black version of Twin Peaks. I think it would be hard to find direct influence from Twin Peaks, but there is a melancholy wistfulness to the show.
Glover’s music (as Childish Gambino) is pretty interesting. It’s kind of in the neighborhood of Kanye, production-wise, but lyrically it’s wholly his. He’s a dude who decided to take very solid MC skills and speak about his own experience. He displays braggadocio without any false-thuggery. I can’t imagine too many rappers wanting to fuck with him lyrically.
So, I’m stoked on this pick for Lando. Glover is a cool guy with a lot of talent and I like what he makes. That said, this video shows who really should be Lando.