– by Joseph Jammer Medina

I know. Fashion. It doesn’t exactly fit with our usual content on the site. But in this case, I think the fashion is something to keep an eye on, because it really shows the state of being of the characters in this film. I’d like to point to Lando, specifically.

When we meet Lando in The Empire Strikes Back, he’s one smooth dude. He’s a bit of a slimeball, but he’s charming enough to where you want to believe everything he’s saying, and he’s someone who is very comfortable in his skin. As much as we want to believe that actor Donald Glover will exude that same feeling, the reality is that he’s still morphing into that character when we see him in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

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In an interview with The Star Wars Show, Glover discussed the current state of the characters and then used Lando’s fashion as sort of a visualization of that idea.

“I like seeing Han and Lando beforehand. because it allows you to just know that, like, yeah, people aren’t perfect. Like, people have to grow. Especially with Lando’s clothing and hair. you can tell he’s not quite there. Like early college where, ‘I can buy my own clothes, but I don’t have a lot of money, and I’m trying to figure out what works for me, and my body.’ Probably, by the time we see him in Empire Strikes Back, he’s pulled back on capes.”

I definitely noticed that myself. While he does have a similar fashion as he does in The Empire Strikes Back, I thought it seemed a bit…too much. It was almost as if Lando is compensating for something, or that he’s a kid wearing his dad’s clothes.

It makes me happy to hear this feeling I got was intentional, and it makes me excited to see what it means for the character’s emotional arc in the film.

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SOURCE: The Star Wars Show

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.