“Solo: A Star Wars Story” doesn’t even open until Friday, but those who’ve already seen it are wondering just what’s up with the sexuality of Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) in the long-awaited prequel.
Citing scenes in which Lando appears to flirt with Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich), HuffPost asked the film’s co-screenwriters Lawrence and Jonathan Kasdan a blunt question: is Lando pansexual?
“I would say yes,” Jonathan Kasdan responded (with HuffPost noting he did so “emphatically”), adding that anyone looking closely would have noticed hints from the performance of Billy Dee Williams, who played the charming space rogue in the O.G. “Star Wars” films.
“There’s a fluidity to Donald and Billy Dee’s [portrayal of Lando’s] sexuality,” Kasdan added. “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.”
Continued Kasdan: “He doesn’t make any hard and fast rules. I think it’s fun. I don’t know where it will go.”
The senior Kasdan in the father-son screenwriting team offers a more “cryptic” comment when asked about droid L3 joking about Lando’s flirtatious banter with Solo.
“That is her personality,” says Kasdan, whose screenwriting credits also include “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi”. “Maybe it means something, maybe it doesn’t.”
Glover himself weighed in on the subject during a SiriusXM town hall interview with the “Solo” cast, reports Entertainment Weekly.
“How can you not be pansexual in space?” said Glover of his character’s sexuality. “There are so many things to have sex with. I didn’t think that was that weird. Yeah, he’s coming on to everybody. I mean, yeah, whatever. It just didn’t seem that weird to me ‘cause I feel like if you’re in space it’s kind of like, the door is open! It’s like, no, only guys or girls. No, it’s anything. This thing is literally a blob. Are you a man or a woman? Like, who cares? Have good time out here.”
In addition, Glover revealed that his conversations with Williams about the character offered some additional insight. “One thing that Billy did say was, be charming,” added Glover. “He’s eclectic. He likes different things. He’s somebody who goes around and tries everything, and I just didn’t think about it that much. But I was like, he’s a charming person so I feel like he doesn’t have hard and fast boundaries about everything. But having somebody tell me that, I’m like, OK, cool, makes sense to me. Is it weird that I didn’t think about it that much?”