Hello, what have we here? An actual update on the Disney+ Lando series? Don’t mind if we do.
io9 has confirmed that Donald Glover is officially joining the series to write and star. He’ll write with his brother, Stephen Glover, but Justin Simien, the director of Haunted Mansion who was originally announced is off the project and has been since he started that film. Above the Line first reported the news.
It’s important to note though that all this was in place before the WGA or SAG-AFTRA strikes and no work has been happening on the series since. It’s just one of those cases as it happened and the news didn’t come out until someone was forced to talk about it in public.
According to the reports, Simien left the project when he turned his attention full time to Haunted Mansion. That’s when Lucasfilm reached out to Glover who, along with his brother, pitched and the company loved it. There’s no word on how far along development or writing is but considering this is the first actual news that someone is working on this thing at all in several years, we’ll take it.
Glover, of course, first threw on the cape of the iconic Billy Dee Williams’ character in 2018’s Solo: A Star Wars Story. And though that film was not the hit Disney or Lucasfilm wanted it to be, pretty much everyone loved Glover’s interpretation of the famous scoundrel turned Rebel leader. Word of this spinoff series was made official on the same day we first learned about the Ahsoka series as well as The Acolyte, the former of which is out in less than a month and the latter is out next year.