Donald Glover is set to return as Lando Calrissian in a big-screen production. While it was initially reported that he and his brother, Stephen Glover, would be handling the writing for Disney’s Lando Calrissian TV series, it has now been verified that the project is being reconfigured into a movie, with Glover anticipated to once again embody the charming space smuggler.
Nearly three years ago, Disney unveiled its intentions to create a Star Wars series centered around Lando. Initially, Justin Simien, the creator of Dear White People, was tapped to write for the project.
Lando Show Is Now A Lando Movie
Justin Simien has departed from the venture, and the Glovers came on board before the onset of the writers’ strike. Presently, the project is in a hiatus due to the ongoing strike.
Stephen Glover said on the podcast:
“The idea right now is to do a movie. But that’s the thing. Right now because of the strike, it’s kind of like [a game of] telephone.”
Billy Dee Williams first portrayed the character of Lando Calrissian in The Empire Strikes Back in 1980, while Donald Glover took on the role of a younger Lando in Solo: A Star Wars Story in 2018.
In recent times, Lucasfilm has predominantly shifted its focus towards Star Wars television, debuting series such as The Mandalorian, Andor, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and the recent Ahsoka. Nevertheless, the film slate remains active with multiple projects in the works, including a spin-off movie centered around Daisy Ridley’s Rey, a film helmed by Dave Filoni, and another directed by James Mangold.
It seems Donald Glover’s Lando project has met the same fate as Marvel’s Armor Wars featuring Don Cheadle.
Don Cheadle Project Is No Longer A TV Series
Marvel’s Armor Wars, originally intended as a Disney+ TV series, is now undergoing redevelopment as a feature film, as per information from Variety. Don Cheadle is set to star in Armor Wars, revisiting his MCU character James’ Rhodey’ Rhodes, also known as War Machine.
The project draws inspiration from Marvel Comics’ seven-issue storyline of the same name situated within the Iron Man narrative. It revolves around Rhodes as he grapples with the consequences of Tony Stark’s technology falling into the hands of malevolent forces.
Yassir Lester, initially slated as the head writer for the series, is still involved in writing the project. This marks Marvel’s second major change this week, following Blade director Bassam Tariq’s departure from the project just two months before the film’s planned commencement of production.
This suggests a potential delay from the originally scheduled November 2023 release date. However, Armor Wars won’t be taking that spot—its theatrical release date remains uncertain at this time.
During the D23 Expo in Anaheim, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed that Armor Wars would pick up after the events of Secret Invasion, the MCU TV series that recently finished its run on Disney+, featuring Don Cheadle’s Rhodes as well. In a conversation on the red carpet with Variety’s Marc Malkin, the actor shed light on the interconnected nature of these two projects.