It was just recently revealed that Donald Glover and his brother Stephen were taking over control of Disney+’s long-anticipated Star Wars: Lando show — and now, it seems, the show might not actually be what anyone expected at all. In fact, according to one of the core people involved, it might be a movie, instead of a television show.
“It’s not even a show,” Stephen Glover teased during an appearance on the latest episode of the Pablo Torre Finds Out podcast. “The idea right now is to do a movie. But that’s the thing, right now, because of the strike, it’s kind of like [the game] telephone.” So… is the Lando project a movie, a TV show, or some mix of the two? Glover seemed cautious to confirm, but Lucasfilm was less so, confirming that it is now a movie to Variety.
The Lando project was originally intended to be a Disney+ series spinning out of Donald Glover’s portrayal of the character in 2018’s Solo: A Star Wars Story. The series initially had Dear White People’s Justin Simien attached as showrunner, but as the show seemingly drifted into limbo, his attention turned elsewhere. (Most recently, Disney’s Haunted Mansion movie.) Donald Glover talked about the possibility of returning to the Lando role in an April interview, saying, “I would love to play Lando again. It’s a fun time, being him. It just has to be the right way to do it. Time is precious.” He added, “We’re talking about it. That’s as much as I can say without [Lucasfilm president] Kathleen Kennedy hunting me down.” By July, it emerged that Donald and Stephen Glover had taken creative control over the project.
Beyond the revelation that it was now a movie, Stephen Glover didn’t spill any more beans about what to expect from the project on the podcast — although he did admit that he’s very aware of what kind of reactions it might get from Star Wars fandom, no matter how it ends up.
“There are pitfalls to all of this. Like, when Episode I of Star Wars came out, people were excited,” he said. “And then, it’s like, you see Jar Jar Banks, and people were upset. There’s always room for people to be disappointed.”
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