Although this December will see the return of many beloved characters from the original Star Wars trilogy, there is one scoundrel that some feel is conspicuously absent. One of the principle creative minds of the upcoming film says that this may not always be the case, though.
According to The Empire Strikes Back and The Force Awakens screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan (via Vanity Fair), there may be a place for Han Solo’s friend and former owner of the Millennium Falcon, Lando Calrissian. While we don’t yet have an idea of what the course will be for the classic characters in Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII and beyond, Kasdan seems to think that Lando’s absence in The Force Awakens may not be something to indicate that the former (current?) administrator of Bespin’s Cloud City will be gone for good. He said,
Right now, there’s no Lando Calrissian in this movie. But Lando I don’t think is finished in any way, shape, or form.
Introduced in 1980’s Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Lando is an old friend of Han Solo’s, who seems to have had a similar penchant for the cavalier lifestyle and unflappable attitude of Solo, though they ended up on very different paths. Solo, of course, lived as a smuggler and eventual member of the Rebel Alliance. Lando, on the other hand, made a business deal that gave him administrative control over mining operations on the planet Bespin, where he served as something akin to the “mayor” of a floating settlement there colloquially called Cloud City.
When the Millennium Falcon arrived there in an attempt to flee the reach of Darth Vader and the Galactic Empire, Lando seemed to offer Han, Chewbacca, Leia, and C-3PO refuge. It didn’t take long for the Rebels to realize that Lando had actually made a deal with Vader to turn over Solo and company in exchange for the Empire staying out of the business affairs on Bespin. These events directly led to the carbonite freezing and ultimate capture of Han Solo by Boba Fett, and Lando would later attempt to atone for his mistake by joining the Rebels and freeing Han from Jabba’s clutches, which leads into the beginning of Return of the Jedi.
Lando was played by actor Billy Dee Williams, who has had a continuing association with the character in the three intervening decades since Return of the Jedi‘s release. He’s voiced Lando in more than one Star Wars video game in that time, will reprise the role in the current animated series “Star Wars Rebels.” When asked directly whether or not he would appear in new films, he quickly responded in the positive.
Do you want to see more Lando in the new Star Wars sequel trilogy? Sound off below, and for any developments from Cloud City, keep a tab open to GeekNation.
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