Lando Calrissian, Donald Glover, Solo: A Star Wars Story

Solo writer Jonathan Kasdan says Lando Calrissian is pansexual

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May 17, 2018

When is comes to Lando Calrissian, it would seem that his smoothness is not limited to just one sex. One of the writers of Solo: A Star Wars Story recently stated that the gambling scoundrel (played by Donald Glover in the new film) is pansexual, meaning that he is not limited in his sexual choices by things such as gender or gender identity. 

When asked about Lando's sexuality in an interview with the Huffington Post, Jonathan Kasdan (alongside his co-writer, and famous father, Lawrence Kasdan) addressed the question full on. The interviewer queries whether Lando is pansexual, and Kasdan "emphatically" states, "I would say yes." 

Kasdan goes a bit further, saying, "There’s a fluidity to Donald and Billy Dee’s [portrayal of Lando’s] sexuality. I mean, I would have loved to have gotten a more explicitly LGBT character into this movie. I think it’s time, certainly, for that, and I love the fluidity ― sort of the spectrum of sexuality that Donald appeals to and that droids are a part of.”

Kasdan also added, “He doesn’t make any hard and fast rules. I think it’s fun. I don’t know where it will go.”

Though it is interesting to get such insight from one of the film's writers, fans shouldn't get too jazzed about seeing this side of Lando's character in the film. It is likely something that could go the way of Albus Dumbledore in the Wizarding World — author J.K. Rowling has said that he is homosexual, but so far this has never been mentioned outright (or alluded to) in the books or films. It's important to note that Rowling has not finished her story, but as of now, you can kind of see it if you read between the lines. Perhaps that's the way things will go with the young Mr. Calrissian. 

Kasdan's mention of representation in Star Wars is also something of interest, as the films have yet to feature an LGBTQ character. The books of the saga have done this (Sinjir Rath Velus in Chuck Wendig's Aftermath trilogy being one example), but the films haven't caught up. Saying that a character is pansexual after the movie is finished is one thing — writing them explicitly as such before the thing even shoots is another. 

This isn't the only bit of Lando-related news— The Star Wars Show took us on a tour of Lando's Millennium Falcon yesterday, and two bits of decor stuck out to us. With just two pieces of decoration, Lando seems to be looking to the past as well as the future. 

After showing off the wet bar and cape closet, Lucasfilm's Pablo Hidalgo reveals a very interesting set of shelves around the 7:15 mark. Lando has a few metallic models of things that are important to him, the first being an homage to something that could be a part of Lando's past: 

The Star Wars Show- Solo Falcon Interior, podracer statue

Courtesy of Lucasfilm

This certainly makes us think that Lando is a fan of one of the GFFA's most dangerous sports: podracing. He may not have ever piloted a pod himself (although he could have, who knows), but he has very likely gambled on some of those "awful races." The sculpture is also a nice nod to Star Wars history, as is the next item — it may be in the past in terms of the Star Wars movies, but for young Lando, it's something that we know is a part of his future: 

The Star Wars Show- Solo Falcon interior, Cloud City statue

Courtesy of Lucasfilm

That looks a lot like Cloud City, doesn't it? It's interesting that Lando already has a sculpture of the Bespin-based station that he will eventually become Baron Administrator of before the events of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Is the city already on his radar, or is it a station that looks just like it? We don't know, but it's a fun little easter egg all the same. A model of the Lando-styled Millennium Falcon rests in between the pod and the city, so it could be a representation of the past, present, and future of Lando's life. 

Will any of this information about Lando actually be addressed in Solo: A Star Wars Story? We'll have to wait until May 25th to find out, but even if none of it is mentioned, "always in motion is the future." We'd be surprised if we've seen the last of Glover's Lando, and as Kasdan said, "He doesn't make any hard and fast rules." All cards are on the table, it would seem. 

(via The Huffington Post, The Star Wars Show)