"Why you slimy, double-crossing, no-good swindler..." says Lando Calrissian to Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). "You've got a lot of guts coming here, after what you pulled." Now it seems like we may discover exactly what Han "pulled", with news arriving via The Wrap that the Cloud City Casanova himself will be making an appearance in the upcoming Han Solo spin-off movie, the second planned Star Wars anthology film.
The character, originally played by Billy Dee Williams in Empire Strikes Back and reprised in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return Of The Jedi (1983) was portrayed as an old friend of Han's, and it is implied that the two embarked on many adventures together – so it makes sense that a Han Solo origin story would feature Lando. We could even see the game of sabacc in which Lando loses the Millennium Falcon to Han.
There is no word on who might be filling the role, though according to some reports, an early front runner seems to have emerged in Donald Glover (The Martian) – who would certainly have the smooth talking charisma required. But we are firmly in rumour and scuttlebutt territory here.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie) are currently in pre-production for the new movie, which features Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!) in the role made famous by Harrison Ford. Ehrenreich was officially unveiled for the part during the Star Wars Celebration event in London back in July.
Filming on the movie is due to begin early next year, aiming for a May 2018 release date.