As Yoda once said, "Always in motion is the future." And, in the case of life imitating art, that Jedi proverb has also applied to Lucasfilm's Star Wars slate. Following Disney's acquisition in 2012, Lucasfilm announced multiple films and Disney+ series that have either been delayed, canceled, or have yet to be seen, such as Rian Johnson's reported trilogy, Taika Waititi's Star Wars film, Patty Jenkins' Rogue Squadron, and Lando for Disney+.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy first announced a series based on the character of Lando Calrissian during 2020's Disney Investor Day. However, she never confirmed whether the series would involve Donald Glover from 2018's Solo: A Star Wars Story, the original trilogy's Billy Dee Williams, or both.
In fact, in the months following the show's announcement, Lucasfilm has yet to share any news or updates amidst the hype for The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, and Obi-Wan Kenobi; but now, one of its stars has.
Donald Glover Seemingly Confirms Role in Disney+'s Lando
When Kimmel asked about him working on the Lando project, Glover certainly didn't deny his role when he responded by saying, "Am I? Just telling all my business:"
"Am I? Just telling all my business. No, yeah, I have a lot of things. I like to blossom then go away. Right now is definitely the start of another one of those. I have like a ton of stuff I've been working on, but I just want it all to come out at the same time, so I feel like that's what's important."
While Solo: A Star Wars Story largely underperformed in terms of the box office and fan reception, Glover's portrayal of a young Lando Calrissian was one of the film's bright spots, leading to fan demand for more of the character.
At this time, Lando has no confirmed release date.
The Bright Side of the Lando Disney+ Delays
While Donald Glover's involvement with the series was expected, this is the first confirmation of his role in the project.
Also, his response to Kimmel about having "a ton of stuff I've been working on" and his desire for "it all to come out at the same time" may be why fans haven't heard any news about the series since 2020.
If the silence was due to Glover and not Lucasfilm, that's only good news for the likelihood of the series actually coming to fruition and Glover's hand in the show itself.
While Lando could take place before the events of Solo: A Star Wars Story, having it serve as a sort of sequel to the 2018 film would allow Emilia Clarke's Qi'ra to finally return to the screen, as well as Maul, whose rumored role in Obi-Wan Kenobi was either false or cut from the story.
Now that Glover has spoken out about the long-awaited show, it's likely that Star Wars fans will hear more from Lucasfilm in the coming months or at Star Wars Celebration.