Did you know that a new Star Wars series starring the younger version of Lando Calrissian from Solo: A Star Wars Story is in full production? So much so that it featured the rising star Justin Simien (Dear White People) as the writer? Alas, I say “featured” because now that’s no longer the case. So who’s writing for this upcoming Disney+ series, you might ask? Well, have you ever heard of Donald Glover and his brother Stephen? If you haven’t, then you might want to go back and rewatch the credits for Solo: A Star Wars Story. Because with this news, it looks like Lando’s actor is going to be helping to write his own character.
Lando: A Donald and Stephen Glover Story Now?
Variety has just revealed some very interesting information about the production for the upcoming Lando series for Disney+. According to them, Justin Simien, the original writer for the series, is leaving production. Simien, the director and writer for the critically acclaimed dark comedy satire film Dear White People, hasn’t given any reason as to why he’s leaving production. All we know is that Simien is no longer attached to the series as the writer.
In his place, the duo of Donald and Stephen Glover is stepping up to be the writers for Lando in Simien’s place. This is actually a very interesting development for this Disney+ series. Donald Glover originally played the younger version of Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story, and will also play him in this upcoming series. This means that Donald Glover is effectively writing his own roles alongside his brother. On top of that, Stephen Glover is an accomplished screenwriter in his own right, having written for Atlanta (2016) and Guava Island (2019). Thus, it looks like production is in good hands here.
It’s worth pointing out, though, that Justin Simien leaving production has absolutely nothing to do with the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike. Simien and the Glover bros. reached this deal before the strike. Tune back in to THS later to find out more Lando and Star Wars news when we get them.