Donald Glover is Lando in Young Han Solo Spinoff
Donald Glover is the hottest name in television right now. His brilliant show, Atlanta, is garnering rave reviews from both critics and audiences. As the creator, star, writer and sometimes director of the show, Glover is certainly a busy man at the moment. It’s because of his schedule that the actor almost had to pass on playing a young Lando Calrissian in the Young Han Solo movie.
But today, Lucasfilm announced that Glover will indeed be playing the intergalactic scoundrel who lost the Millennium Falcon to Han. He also pulled off a cape. How many non-superheros can say that?
Glover got his start as a writer on 30 Rock before becoming a regular on the comedy show Community. He left the show to pursue a music career and this fall saw the release of his baby, Atlanta.
Star Wars will be his biggest role to date and casual movie audiences will discover his knack for both comedy and drama.
Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller had this to say about the casting:
“We’re so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join us,” said Lord and Miller. “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 apologize to Donald for ruining Comic-Con for him forever.”
The untitled Han Solo film is scheduled to begin filming in early 2017 and will hit theaters May 25, 2018. Glover will next be seen on the big screen in Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming next summer. Atlanta has also been renewed for a second season. Busy man indeed.
Leonardo DiCaprio Involved in Captain Planet Adaptation
If there’s one actor who’s been able to make it in Hollywood while avoiding franchises and more specifically, superhero movies, it’s Leonardo DiCaprio. I mention him because he’s still relatively young. There must have been some conversations in the early ’00s about him acting in that world. He did audition for the role of Robin in Batman Forever in 1995 and he was considered for Peter Parker/Spider-Man in 2002.
But it looks like after all these years, he may have found a way into the superhero universe in a way that suits his primary passion, environmentalism. According to THR, Paramount is in talks to secure the rights to Captain Planet and they are talking with DiCaprio to produce the film.
Captain Planet appeared in the ’90s on TBS. The show focused on a group of environmentalist teenagers who each have powerful rings that represent different elements essential to the planet. When they combine their powers, Captain Planet appears to save the day.
DiCaprio has long been focused on the environment and more importantly, global warming. He’s previously produced several documentaries on the subject. His latest, Before the Flood, releases on October 30.
A live-action adaptation of the cartoon would be a really interesting and creative spin on the superhero genre. It would focus on environmental issues while also being a summer popcorn film.
General audiences might scoff at a blockbuster with an “agenda,” but this type of threat would be interesting and topical. We usually get an antagonist hell-bent on destroying the world. But what if their focus was more specific like melting the ice caps and raising sea levels?
It’s still in the early stages of development so they could go in any number of directions. But the fact that DiCaprio is on board shows that he’s committed to informing audiences about the issue of global warming in a commercial way. How refreshing.