Daveed Diggs

Daveed Diggs

The initial report about Lucasfilm looking to cast a young Lando Calrissian was written by Umberto Gonzalez, the founder of Heroic Hollywood, who has now taken a reporter position at The Wrap. After his report came out, he took to Twitter to say that he originally had some names to go with his story, including a Hamilton star and a rapper (which explains another pick below), but they were “deaded.” We’re pretty sure that Hamilton star would be Daveed Diggs. The man earned a Tony Award for his turn in the musical where he plays both Thomas Jefferson and Marquis De Lafayette, and his performance shows that he has the energy and charisma to pull off a role like Lando Calrissian.

Leslie Odom Jr

Leslie Odom Jr.

If the Hamilton star who was in consideration isn’t Daveed Diggs, then it must be Leslie Odom Jr. The only problem is that he’s about 35 years old and just might be too old for the role. Still, Odom looks young for his age and has an impressive range that he’s put on display in shows like Smash and Person of Interest as well as a role in the war drama Red Tails. Again, it’s not likely that Disney will go for someone in his age range, but he wouldn’t be a bad choice for the role.

Jacob Anderson

Jacob Anderson

Though you know Jacob Anderson as the Grey Worm, the stoic commander of The Unsullied in Game of Thrones, he’s not always so deadly serious. Anderson can also be seen in the comedy series Episodes, proving that he as an impressive range full of the kind of charisma needed to play Lando Calrissian. His work on Game of Thrones might make his participation challenging, but there are so many characters on that show, it probably wouldn’t be hard to work around the show’s schedule.

Drake

Drake

Now just stick with me for a second. You may know Drake as the chart-topping rap behind hits like “Hotline Bling,” but he began his career as an actor in the Canadian favorite series Degrassi: The Next Generation. Though he hasn’t done much acting since those days besides a cameo in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and hosting Saturday Night Live a couple times, I could see Drake really surprising us by playing young Lando Calrissian. He’s definitely got the cool factor going for him, and it’s not hard to envision him in some kind of swanky cape. Don’t forget, Justin Timberlake was a member of the Mickey Mouse Club and *NSYNC before he became a real actor. Anything is possible.

Stephan James - Race

Stephan James

Speaking of Degrassi, Stephen James also expanded his resumé with a stint on eight episodes of the Canadian teen drama. Since then he’s become a respectable actor with roles in When the Game Stands Tall and Selma. But he really showed his stuff in the sports biopic Race, playing the famous Olympic runner Jesse Owens. He’s the kind of lesser-known talent whom Lucasfilm could easily turn into a star with a role as young Lando Calrissian.

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