Young Han Solo meets his future co-pilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian.
Here’s something Star Wars fans have long known about Lando Calrissian: He’s likely the most charismatic character in the galaxy.
Here’s something they just learned, via Solo: A Star Wars Story writer Jonathan Kasdan: Lando (played by Donald Glover and, earlier, Billy Dee Williams) is pansexual.
When explicitly asked about Lando’s gender identity by Huffington Post, Kasdan said, “There’s a fluidity to Donald and Billy Dee’s (portrayal of Lando’s) sexuality.” He continued, “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.”
In Solo, Donald Glover’s Lando is as charming as he’s always been since Empire Strikes Back, and maybe even more into his capes than ever before. In the new film, his female droid L3-37 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) comments, “I’m sure you noticed that Lando has feelings for me.” And, as some fans have noted since the Solo trailer was released, Lando is flirty toward Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich), at one point calling him “baby.”
But there’s nothing overt about Lando’s sexuality in the film; nothing romantic goes on.
Jonathan Kasdan’s father, co-writer and longtime Star Wars scribe Lawrence Kasdan, didn’t weigh in on Lando’s sexuality in the Huffington Post interview, which he was present for. But the younger Kasdan says Lando’s pansexuality is canon.
“I would say yes,” he said. “He doesn’t make any hard and fast rules.”
Cue the Internet reaction that comes from announcing an LGBTQ character in one of the biggest movie franchises in the world.
Many caps were used
“PANSEXUAL LANDO I AM LIVING,” tweeted @RoseLGBTico.
Lando is “really out there doing the MOST????” wrote @roguesanakain.
Pansexual fans rejoiced
@corylwrites explained why the news matters: People “get to see themselves in the 2nd highest grossing media franchise in the world,” she said.
“It is our time,” tweeted @HUGGERSECTION.
Others aren’t surprised by the news
@pinkishdawnya tweeted, “there’s no way a man like lando would ever be straight.”
@LOKISITH shared an apt GIF.
Then again, there are “Star Wars” fans not ready to celebrate just yet.
“Hey let’s not completely dunk on the whole Lando being pansexual thing? We can both be happy about it and critical that it likely won’t play out on screen, yes?” said @OhHeyDJ.