‘Solo’ Screenwriter: Lando Calrissian Is Probably Pansexual, ‘There’s A Fluidity’
As soon as Solo: A Star Wars Story was announced, everyone was like “damn, why not Lando: A Star Wars Story?” Then we doubled-down on that idea when Donald Glover was cast as Lando, because Glover is pretty much the only actor who could and should play a young Billy Dee Williams. For real though: Lando is the mysterious one. Lando is the one who deserves more of a backstory in the Star Wars canon. Lando is the one to build a prequel around. But instead we got Alden Ehrenreich trying to smirk his way into an approximation of Harrison Ford. Anyway, even the people involved with this film know that there’s so much more interest in Lando, which is why they can’t shut up about Lando. Apparently, screenwriter Jonathan Kasdan believes that Lando has always been pansexual. Sure!
Lando’s sexual preferences ― possibly including men, women and droids ― are the subject of more than a few lines of dialogue in “Solo.” For example, the banter between Lando and Han Solo has been interpreted as flirting by some critics who have seen the film before its May 25 release…. So, given the opportunity to speak with father-and-son “Solo” co-writers Lawrence and Jonathan Kasdan, I asked them about Lando’s possible sexual fluidity. Is he pansexual?
“I would say yes,” Jonathan Kasdan emphatically said.
“There’s a fluidity to Donald and Billy Dee’s [portrayal of Lando’s] sexuality,” Kasdan 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. He doesn’t make any hard and fast rules. I think it’s fun. I don’t know where it will go.”
Simply judging from the trailers and having watched the OG Star Wars trilogy a million times, I would say that Billy Dee’s Lando was intended to be an intergalactic lady’s man, but with some pansexual vibes, and that Glover’s Lando is more pansexual or “open” to whatever and whomever. But is that how canon-Lando is written, or is that the vibes that Billy Dee and Donald Glover bring to the role? I don’t know. But is it a cop-out to just talk about this after-the-fact, rather than make the character’s sexuality (or pansexuality) explicit? Hm.