According to “Solo: A Star Wars Story” writer Jonathan Kasdan, Lando Calrissian is pansexual.
The revelation comes after Lando (Donald Glover) appears to have a flirty interaction with Han Solo in the trailer calling him “baby.” In another scene, his female droid L3-37 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) says “I’m sure you noticed that Lando has feelings for me.”
In an interview with the Huffington Post, Kasdan says he believes Lando is pansexual.
“I would say yes,” Kasdan says. “He doesn’t make any hard and fast rules.”
“There’s a fluidity to Donald and Billy Dee’s (portrayal of Lando’s) sexuality,” he continued. “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.”
Some fans were excited for some LGBT representation in the film.
All the people asking “Why does it matter? Who cares?” re: Lando being confirmed as pan: GO TALK TO A PAN PERSON ABOUT IT. Especially any pansexual black men out there. They get to see themselves in the 2nd highest grossing media franchise in the world.
— Coryl Reef; she/they (@corylwrites) May 17, 2018
coworker: oh, lando is pansexual
coworker: duh? was it obvious?
me: there’s no way a man like lando would ever be straight
— Dawnya 💕🌸 (@pinkishdawnya) May 17, 2018
lando is PANSEXUAL, deadpool is PANSEXUAL
it is our time
— grace (@HUGGERSECTlON) May 17, 2018
lando calrissian is a canon pansexual fashion and space icon??? he’s really out there doing the MOST???? i love a legend
— arfa (@roguesanakin) May 17, 2018
Other fans weren’t pleased that Lando’s sexuality would only be addressed off-screen.
Make your characters textually queer, or keep it out your goddamn mouth. This whole “Oh, BTW Dumbledore is gay, Lando Calrissian is pansexual, Frodo Baggins was actually one of the founding members of the House of LaBeija…” Put it in the FUCKING movie or shut up, you coward.
— [kie.ran] (@danblackroyd) May 17, 2018
So this news on Lando’s sexuality- we gotta stop with this queer baiting. Stop saying these characters are queer/fluid and not show it. This is lazy storytelling and doing the bare minimum. pic.twitter.com/qgXytbAD96
— ReBecca Theodore-Vachon (@FilmFatale_NYC) May 17, 2018
“Solo: A Star Wars Story” opens in theatres on May 25.