For those who’ve seen Solo: a Star Wars Story, it seems to be a pretty unanimous opinion that Donald Glover’s portrayal of Lando Calrissian is one of the highlights of the film. It was reported that Glover had done a lot in preparation for the role and that he was even coached by Billy Dee, the original Lando, which seems to have paid off in spades.
Now, rumors are swirling about the possibility of a Lando-centric prequel film starring Glover. What exactly that might look like if Lucasfilm decides to go that route is still up for debate, but in any case, we could all stand to learn a bit more about the uber-talented Glover and what makes him a truly unique presence in Hollywood.
5. He Was Hired as a Staff Writer at 23
While studying at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, Glover made some short comedy videos for his student improv comedy group. Somehow, those videos caught the eye of writer and SNL star Tina Fey. She hired Glover as a Staff Writer for 30 Rock, which soon after became one of the most popular sitcoms around.
He even got to play a young Tracy Morgan in a flashback. Not bad!
4. He’s a Great Comedian
Soon after his stint on 30 Rock, Donald Glover was cast as a regular on Community. As his character Troy Barnes, a former High School quarterback who decides to embrace his nerdy side, Glover performed most of his scenes with costar Danny Pudi, the two often owning some of the funniest moments of the show.
With his background mainly in comedy, Glover also performs standup from time to time and always gives a standout performance.
3. He’s a Great Musical Artist
But wait, there’s more! Donald Glover also writes and produces his own hip hop music under the name Childish Gambino. His first album, titled Camp, was released in 2011, Because the Internet in 2013, and his third album “Awaken My Love!” in 2016, including the single “Redbone”, which peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earned him a Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Performance.
This year, Glover released a video for his new song “This is America”, which truly puts his talents on full display. The song includes African-inspired instruments, impressive dancing, and awe-inspiring choreography. It debuted at number one on the Hot 100 and sparked all sorts of dialogue as to its philosophical and political relevance.
Oh, and he also DJ’s under the name mcDJ with all the loads of free time he has.
2. He Created His Own TV Series
In 2016, FX picked up Donald Glover’s show Atlanta. Glover plays plays Earn Marks, a young Princeton dropout who evades his child-care responsibilities in favor of more 4:20 friendly endeavors. When his drug-dealing cousin Alfred (Brian Tyree Henry) makes it big from his rap single, Earn decides to manage his new high-profile life. Glover also acts as the creator and showrunner, executive producer, and executive music producer.
Atlanta has since gone on to win Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, and has also won Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy, and Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy.
1. He’s a Quickly Rising Film Star
Donald Glover has quickly become a household name as his reputation grows in the film world. His credits include Mystery Team, Magic Mike XXL, The Martian, and Spider-Man: Homecoming. That last role was a special one, considering he served as the inspiration behind alternate-universe Spider-Man Miles Morales, and even got the chance to voice the character in the Ultimate Spider-Man TV Series.
His biggest role so far, of course, is taking on our boy Lando in Solo: a Star Wars Story, which will almost surely garner sequels. You should also stay on the lookout for his upcoming starring role as the voice of Simba in Disney’s Lion King remake, directed by Jon Favreau.
And he’s just 34.
What do you think of this successful kid? Is there anything left for him to tackle? We’ll be waiting to see what’s next.