– by Campbell Clark

I am going to tread as carefully as possible and keep away from spoilers in this article. But be warned that the source, does go into a little bit more detail about a specific scene in the movie and you guys don’t want to have anything spoiled with only a week to go right?

Still with me? Good.

With Solo: A Star Wars Story almost upon us, we have an unexpected piece of news with regards to Lando Calrissian, the character originally played by Billy Dee Williams and now played by Donald Glover.

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Jon Kasdan, co-writer of Solo with his father Lawrence has confirmed that Lando is in fact pansexual. If you are not 100% sure what that means, it’s that Lando has no real hard and fast rules regarding sexuality. Basically, Lando is very relaxed when it comes to what he is sexually attracted to. For me this just fits the character of Lando so well, I always envisioned Lando as a bit of a space slut, moving though casual partners wherever he finds them. It feels right in line with his roguish sweet talker image.

However, there will always be that loud vocal minority who will claim this is a travesty. I can imagine the posts now “This is a disgrace, Lando was straight in the Original Trilogy” etc. Thing is, Lando wasn’t anything in the Original Trilogy, the only part of his sexuality we had a glimpse at was that he seems to be attracted to Leia. I don’t think I need to say that this in no way defines his character as being solely heterosexual, and keep in mind that Lawrence Kasdan was the man who wrote the final draft of The Empire Strikes Back where Lando was first introduced. In my opinion Kasdan has every right to have decided that Lando was pansexual.

Here is what Jon Kasdan said to The Huffington Post

“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 doesn’t make any hard and fast rules. I think it’s fun. I don’t know where it will go.”

So there you have it, do you have any strong thoughts about this character revelation? As always share your thoughts and get on your soap box in the comments section below. Solo: A Star Wars Story is released next week on the 25th.

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SOURCE: The Huffington Post