One of the Solo: A Star Wars Story writers just made a huge reveal regarding the sexuality of Lando Calrissian. Jonathan Kasdan, who wrote the upcoming Star Wars anthology film with his father, longtime Star Wars producer and writer Lawrence Kasdan, revealed in a new interview that he considers the iconic smuggler to be pansexual.
In an interview with HuffPost, the younger Kasdan acknowledged a “fluidity” in Donald Glover’s — and his predecessor Billy Dee Williams’ — portrayal of the charming (former) owner of the Millennium Falcon. The trailers for the upcoming film have included an exchange (or two) between Lando and Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) full of subtext that many fans are deeming to be proof that Lando may be bisexual — or at least identify as something other than heterosexual.
While Kasdan acknowledged that he wished Solo could have included a “more explicitly” LGBT character in the film — Star Wars films have a notorious lack of queer representation — when asked if he would consider Lando pansexual, the writer emphatically agreed.
According to the HuffPost, the film also includes an exchange between Lando and his droid, L3-37 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge), where she makes a more direct reference to his flirting with Han. Kasdan added, “He doesn’t make any hard and fast rules. I think it’s fun. I don’t know where it will go.”
With Kasdan’s admission that he’d like to see more LGBT representation in the iconic franchise, he is the latest Star Wars creative to publicly advocate for more inclusion.
In early 2016, J.J. Abrams spoke about wanting to add openly gay characters to the franchise. He told The Daily Beast, “When I talk about inclusivity, it’s not excluding gay characters, it’s about inclusivity, so of course. To me the fun of Star Wars is exploring the possibilities, so it seems insanely narrow-minded to say that there wouldn’t be a homosexual character in that world.”
With Abrams helming the ninth episode, hopefully he’ll make good on his promise to expand the inclusion in the Star Wars universe to queer characters — or at least confirm the sexualities of existing characters who’ve been teased as queer (ahem, Poe).
Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on May 25th.