Donald Glover seems to be the overwhelming favorite to play Han Solo among "Star Wars" fans reacting to a new report that future spin-off films could include ones about the early lives of the iconic hero and the evil bounty hunter Boba Fett.
Disney/Lucasfilm are planning to produce movies about Solo (the captain of the Millenium Falcon who was played in the original trilogy by the inimitable Harrison Ford) and Fett, according to a Wednesday report by Entertainment Weekly.
"A young Han Solo saga, focusing on the wisecracking smuggler’s origin story, and a bounty hunter adventure with Boba Fett at the center of a rogue’s gallery of galactic scum," Entertainment Weekly said in describing the planned franchise spin-off films.
The details about the films' possible focuses came just one day after Disney confirmed that it was exploring standalone "Star Wars" movies that go beyond the new trilogy already planned to be produced, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Fett was already seen as a young man in the prequel trilogy that was released between 1999 and 2005, so fans seem most psyched to see Solo in his youth. Easily the most dashing and one of the most-beloved of the original "Star Wars" trilogy's cast, Ford's character's history was never flushed out in full detail, meaning his film could be one of the more revealing of the several on the horizon for the franchise.
As news spread about the possibility of a film based on Solo's younger years, the Internet exploded with comments from fans expressing their hopes that Glover will be cast to play the leading role.
The idea is a play on the unsuccessful 2010 campaign Glover (aka Childish Gambino) -- an actor, comedian, rapper and all-around performer who has grown into quite the popular figure in recent years -- launched to get himself cast as Peter Parker in the then-in-planning "The Amazing Spiderman" film. The campaign began with the following tweet by Glover, then expanded into a global movement:
"You guys. Let's make this happen.#donald4spiderman"
The plan got lots of attention, but, in the end, Andrew Garfield was cast for Parker's role.
Now the Internet is abuzz again with the idea of casting Glover in an unlikely role, and this time Web users are suggesting he should be picked for the role of a young Solo.
As soon as the news about the film hit the Web, a number of people competed to be the first person to suggest Glover for the leading role, including Twitter user @TVMcGee, who tweeted the following on Wednesday: "*starting the Donald Glover as Han Solo campaign now because why not*"
But the Glover for Solo meme wasn't the only one that made the rounds, as other suggestions included this one by Congraved, a commenter on a Film Drunk article about the forthcoming spin-offs who suggested that Glover be instead cast as the classic "Star Wars" character Lando Calrissian -- an idea which was repeated multiple times Wednesday: "Joel McHale for Han Solo. Donald Glover as Lando."
No matter who he plays, it appears that much of the Internet is on board with Glover appearing in the Solo film.
"The Han Solo spin-off (potentially the biggest of the now Disney-owned LucasFilm's post-J.J. Abrams projects) would take place in between 'Revenge of the Sith' (the last of George Lucas' prequel reboot trilogy), and 'A New Hope' (the first of the original series). The Fett project is said to land somewhere in between 'A New Hope' and 'The Empire Strikes Back,' and 'The Empire Strikes Back' and 'Return of the Jedi.'