Star Wars isn't really known for its diversity. Space operatic storytelling? Yes. Diversity? Not so much. Until now. The untitled Han Solo solo movie has cast Michael K. Williams in an unknown role, the second black actor in the film after Donald Glover. Slow progress a long, a long time ago.
The original trilogy had Billie Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian, while James Earl Jones did the voiceover for a white actor. The prequels had Sam Jackson as Mace Windu, while Ahmed Best portrayed the comic relief/negative example of a CGI Jar Jar Binks. Episode I did also include Hugh Quarshie in a minor role as Captain Panaka, though. While Episode VII starred John Boyega as Finn, it relegated Lupita Nyong'o to the CGI Maz Kanata.
The Han Solo solo movie is written by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, and stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Glover as Lando Calrissian, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Woody Harrelson and Emilia Clarke and is set to release in 2018.