It’s confirmed! For those of you who thought that Donald Glover’s Lando Calrissian was being flirty with Han Solo in teasers for the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story, you were right. At one point in the trailer, Lando calls Hans “baby,” and many have pointed out that there are multiple parts in the film that are obvious, too. Lando not only calls Hans “adorable” but his droid L3 even tells him to stop flirting.
In an interview with HuffPost, the film’s screenwriter Jonathan Kasdan was asked if the Lando was actually pansexual. “I would say yes,” he answered. “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.”
Are we really surprised about this by this revelation? From the moment that we meet Lando in The Empire Strikes Back, he’s been a smooth talker with eyes for anything beautiful. If you’re unfamiliar with the term “pansexual,” it is defined as someone who doesn’t see gender as a factor when it comes to romantic or sexual relationships. They love who they love, regardless of that person’s gender. AKA, Lando is not looking to be limited with his attractions.
“He doesn’t make any hard and fast rules. I think it’s fun,” he added. “I don’t know where it will go.” Now that he’s confirmed it, will it be addressed in the new Star Wars? Probably not right now, but Jonathan said that the writers made sure to include different and unconventional types of attraction.
“There’s a line that [Jon Favreau’s character, Rio] has where he’s asking Han about the girl that he left behind, and he says, ‘Does she have big teeth?’” Jonathan explained. “It’s a joke in the movie, but we did want to hit on this idea that people’s ideas of what they’re attracted to all over the galaxy are very, very different and not exactly as set as ours are.”
Many fans have called on Lucasfilms to represent the LGBTQ+ community within the Star Wars universe, but so far Lando is the closest thing they’ve got. You might recall that many campaigned for Poe (Oscar Isaac) and Finn (John Boyega) to get together last year. It didn’t happen, but you never know what future movies will bring. The world is changing and the need for representation is necessary for any – and all – universes, including Star Wars. Solo: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters next Friday, May 25th, and the early reviews and fan reactions have generally been positive! Also, can we just say that Donald Glover is amazing and we can’t wait to see him play this role?