Star Wars Writer Says Donald Glover's Character is Pansexual in 'Solo'

Friday May 18, 2018

A writer for the upcoming "Solo: A Star Wars Story" said that the character Lando Calrissian, played by Donald Glover, is pansexual.

Jonathan Kasdan, who co-wrote the film with his father Lawrence Kasdan, told The Huffington Post this week that Lando (previously played by Billy Dee Williams in the original Star Wars trilogy) is pansexual, which Google defines as someone who is "not limited in sexual choice with regard to biological sex, gender, or gender identity."

When asked about Lando's gender identity, Kasdan said:

"There's a fluidity to Donald and Billy Dee's [portrayal of Lando's] sexuality. 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," he added.

USA Today reports that Glover's Lando is "as charming as he's always been since 'Empire Strikes Back.'" In "Solo," Landu's female android L3-37 (voiced by comedian and writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge) says at one point: "I'm sure you noticed that Lando has feelings for me." Some fans pointed out that in the trailer, Lando gets flirty with Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) and calls him "baby."

The newspaper also writes "there's nothing overt about Lando's sexuality in the film; nothing romantic goes on between him and any human or droid."

When speaking with HuffPo, Kasdan added he believes Lando's pansexuality is Star Wars canon.

"I would say yes," the writer said. "He doesn't make any hard and fast rules."

Of course, it didn't take long before the Twitter-verse weighed in on the revelation.

But not everyone was thrilled about Kasdan's comments. The Verge writer Megan Farokhmanesh published a piece called "Lando Calrissian's newfound 'pansexuality' is bullshit," in which she writes, "If you're not going to make your characters explicitly queer on-screen, don't expect the brownie points." Click here to read the full story.

"Solo" hits theaters May 25. Check out the trailer below.