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One of the screenwriters for Solo: A Star Wars Story has said that Lando Calrissian is pansexual in the upcoming film.
In an interview with The Huffington Post, screenwriter Jonathan Kasdan and his co-writer and father Lawrence Kasdan said that Lando, portrayed by Donald Glover, has a fluid sexuality in the film.
Asked if the character was pansexual, Jonathan Kasdan said, “I would say yes. There’s a fluidity to Donald and Billy Dee Williams’ [portrayal of Lando’s] sexuality.
Kasdan also said that he would have liked to include a more “explicitly LGBT” character in the film.
“I would have loved to have gotten a more explicitly LGBT character into this movie,” he said. “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.”
While Billy Dee Williams’ original Lando was incredible suave, he was predominantly focused on Leia. Kasdan said that Glover’s Lando will bring flirtation for both genders to the screen.
“He doesn’t make any hard and fast rules,” Kasdan said. “I think it’s fun. I don’t know where it will go.”
Fans have been speculating about Lando’s sexuality since the first trailer came out, when Lando says to Han, “You might want to buckle up, baby.” There is also a moment in the film where Lando’s droid makes fun of his flirting with Han Solo. When asked about that, Lawrence Kasdan said that the comment is part of the droid’s personality. “Maybe it means something, maybe it doesn’t,” he said.
Solo: A Star Wars Story opens May 25 in area theaters.
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