Lucasfilm is aware that Donald Glovers charms shouldnt be contained to one Star Wars movie. The actor, who is set to make his galactic debut in Solo: A Star Wars Story as a prequel-era Lando Calrissian, could perhaps one day be the next star to anchor his own spin-off film, according to Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy. She recently told French magazine Premiere that giving Calrissian a spin-off movie is certainly something shes thought about. The quote was initially mistranslated and spread across the Internet as though a Lando film had already been officially confirmed—but representatives for Lucasfilm told Vanity Fair that there arent any concrete plans just yet.
But if Glover did get his own Star Wars movie, would anyone be surprised? Though hes not the titular star of the film, Glover has been one of the Solo spin-offs biggest draws since he was cast. He instantly stole the spotlight in the films first trailer, with the help of a mustache, a dashing fur cape, and some expert lighting. The Lando hype continued as more teasers and stills were dropped, and according to critics who have seen the film already—including Vanity Fairs K. Austin Collins, Glover lives up to the hype.
The actor and all-around renaissance artist is also coming off of one of the biggest years of his career. His hit series Atlanta just closed its critically acclaimed second season. His track “This Is America” (under his stage name Childish Gambino) is the No. 1 song in the country, coupled with a searing video that has sparked endless debates. Everythings coming up Glover. Disney saw this coming, of course, pulling him into its franchise family for the role of Lando, as well as casting him to voice the lead role in its upcoming Lion King remake.
Glover, meanwhile, has been soaking up his time in the Star Wars sun, recently telling The Hollywood Reporter that joining the film series feels like “getting to be part of the Bible.”
“I grew up on it. . . . This role, I dont take lightly. Im a fan first and foremost before Im an actor in this,” he said. And though Kennedys remarks dont guarantee a Lando spin-off, they do prove that the studio is well aware of Glovers global appeal—and is ready to capitalize on it.
Get Vanity Fairs HWD NewsletterSign up for essential industry and award news from Hollywood.Full ScreenPhotos:See Kathleen Kennedys Behind-the-Scenes The Last Jedi PhotosYohana DestaYohana Desta is a Hollywood writer for VanityFair.com.