Lando Calrissian. One of the greatest and most memorable characters to come out of the Star Wars franchise. He’s smart, cunning, and charming. A winning combination that oftentimes led him to be untrustworthy, but that’s a reason why so many Star Wars fans, including myself, love the character. With the recent and continued development of the new young Han Solo spin-off project, it’s being reported by The Wrap that we’ll be seeing a young Lando to accompany him as they were close friends. So with all of this in mind, it’s the perfect time to look at some actors who could potentially play the young, cocky Lando that I know all Star Wars fans love to see. So without further ado, here are the 5 actors who could play a young Lando Calrissian.
Tyler James Williams
Mostly known for his roles as Chris in Everybody Hates Chris and for playing the part of Noah on The Walking Dead, this young actor has shown that he has the range to play everything from drama to comedy. This range is what would be needed to play the young and cocky role of Lando whose humor is a part of his charm. He can also play the serious side of things when necessary, but he has proved that he has the acting ability to potentially play the role.
Coming off of the highly successful musical, Hamilton, Diggs has garnered praise for his immense talent on the stage in playing both Thomas Jefferson and Marquis De Lafayette. His role in Hamilton even earned him a Tony Award. With being a stage actor you have to exert energy to be as big as possible and I think his take on Lando could encapsulate that energy to bring something different to the role.
O’Shea Jackson Jr.
Debuting in last year’s Straight Outta Compton with playing his own father and doing an excellent job, I am completely interested in seeing him take on this iconic Star Wars character. I’m interested because it feels like a unique choice and I would definitely like to see how he would tackle the part in his own unique way.
With a career that spans from acting to comedy and even into music it’s easy to see why Glover could potentially take on the role of Lando. He has proven that he can be hilarious and nerdy with his long running role on the hit show Community, but he has also proven that he can have a hip and sexy edge to him which gives him that charm that only Lando has. I think that Glover could play this part extremely well and bring his own personality to it.
Michael B. Jordan
This man is fiercely talented. He’s shown that he can carry a film with stepping into the shoes of Apollo Creed’s son in last year’s Creed, where he pulled off a fantastic performance balancing humor, heart and emotional extremely well. He’s also done great work in films like Chronicle, Fruitvale Station, and will also be appearing in Black Panther. The man has a lot of talent to bring and I think he could very well fill the role of the iconic lovable scoundrel Lando.
Any of these actors could do a good job with the role and bring their own spins to this iconic character. All of these men are talented and I know as a fan of the franchise I’m looking forward to seeing how one of my favorite characters from that franchise is portrayed.