Solo isn’t even out, and already, people want more of Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian. Down the line, we will more than likely see Lando in his own film, but it won’t be the next Star Wars solo movie.
Although news about a new Lando film is popping up everywhere on the internet, as of this writing, there is no concrete plan for it. The French magazine Premiere recently interviewed Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy at the Cannes Film Festival. Lando is on everyone’s mind, so of course, she was asked about whether or not we’d see the character on his own solo adventure. “We think that the next spin-off will be dedicated to Lando Calrissian,” Kennedy told Premiere. “Of course, there are still many stories to tell about Han and Chewbacca but Lando will be next.”
However, that’s not the case. Much like a Bill Murray movie, something was lost in translation from English to French (and back to English for this). Since the news first came out, Lucasfilm has commented about this news to Premiere: “We would love to tell a story about Lando Calrissian one day, but it’s not relevant, it would be fun to tell the story of Han and Chewie.”
Additionally, io9 heard from Lucasfilm as well, and the company’s rep told them that Kennedy said it’s something she’d like to do in the future. For now, we have Solo to look forward to. Next year, we’ll get Episode IX, then maybe an Obi-Wan solo movie after that.
Since 2017, an Obi-Wan movie has been reportedly in the works at Lucas. It hasn’t officially been announced yet. The last known piece of news being Stephen Daldry (The Hours) was in talks to direct as of August of last year according to THR. While many outlets are reporting that the movie will begin shooting in January 2019, Fantha Tracks is reporting that the Obi-Wan movie is currently in pre-production and will begin shooting in April 2019, with a December 2020 release date. The legitimacy of this information is unknown, but it lines up with other rumors and reports.
Needless to say, Obi-Wan–hopefully starring Ewan McGregor–should be the next solo Star Wars adventure coming up next. Until then, Solo arrives in theaters Friday, May 25. Check out GameSpot’s review of the movie, in which Mike Rougeau said of Lando, “Donald Glover is so powerfully alluring as Lando Calrissian that fans who called for a standalone Lando movie will feel totally validated. Even more than Ehrenreich, Glover nails the balance between Billy D. Williams tribute act and the new actor’s own undeniable aura.”