Donald Glover cast as Lando Calrissian in Han Solo film

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Donald Glover is joining the Star Wars universe.

Disney announced Friday that the writer, actor and rapper will play Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Han Solo Star Wars film.

Donald Glover (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
Donald Glover (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Alden Ehrenreich was previously cast as the title character.

Alden Ehrenreich arrives at the world premiere of
Alden Ehrenreich arrives at the world premiere of "Hail, Caesar!" at the Regency Village Theatre on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller say the new film will explore Lando in his formative years, before the events depicted in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

Donald is better known in music circles by his performing name, Childish Gambino, and also shot to stardom in NBC's Community. He also wrote and stars in the FX series Atlanta.

Fans have been celebrating the news of his addition:

The untitled Star Wars Han Solo film is set for release in 2018.