Back at the Investors Day in 2020, Disney announced it was creating a brand new Star Wars series for Disney+ called “Lando”.
Everyone’s favourite scoundrel Lando Calrissian will return in a brand-new event series for Disney+. Justin Simien, the creator of the critically-acclaimed Dear White People and a huge Star Wars fan, is developing the story.
Since then, we’ve heard almost nothing about this new Disney+ series, and during last weekend’s Star Wars Celebration event, in an interview with Total Film/Games Radar, Kathleen Kennedy was asked to clarify a recent Vanity Fair interview about not recasting younger actors as they did for “Solo”. Instead, she would recreate the legacy characters with CGI, as they did with Peter Cushing’s Wilhuff Tarkin and Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker.
“I never say never [about recasting]. It’s certainly not something that we’re doing with any intention right now. We’re still talking about Lando with Donald Glover, for instance, but I don’t think we would intentionally just look back at some of the characters like Luke and Leia and whatnot and decide arbitrarily to do a story. There would have to be a really strong reason why.”
She also spoke with CinemaBlend at Star Wars Celebration and was asked about the Lando Disney+ series.
“You need to ask Donald. He’s the one that holds all the cards here. But there’s no movement. I will say that honestly. But it’s not for lack of trying. It’s just that he’s a very busy guy. … He’s got another series, and I think one other thing, and then he’ll come our way.”
It doesn’t sound like the “Lando” series is as far forward as we would have hoped, considering it’s been over 18 months since it was first announced, but it also doesn’t sound like the project isn’t moving forward.
Are you looking forward to seeing Donald Glover return as Lando?