In a recent interview with the Huffington Post, “Solo: A Star Wars Story” co-screenwriter Jonathan Kasdan says that it’s canon that the character of Lando Calrissian is pansexual (ie. attraction regardless of gender). Asked about Lando’s possible sexual fluidity in the film, the younger of the two Kasdans who worked on the film (his father Lawrence co-wrote) says:
“I would say yes. There’s a fluidity to Donald and Billy Dee Williams’ [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.”
The character has always been written as a flirty charmer who uses sexuality (amongst other things) for his own ends. Having seen the film last night, this writer can say that despite these comments the film doesn’t hint at Lando’s sexuality beyond one conversationally suggestive hint about his possible over affection for a female-voiced droid.
That hint though is voiced by the droid and sounds mostly like conjecture on her part. Co-scribe Lawrence Kasdan says that instant isn’t so clear-cut: “That is her personality. Maybe it means something, maybe it doesn’t.”
This marks the second time that press interviews for the franchise have hinted at an LGBTQ character being a part of this universe, only for the film itself not to acknowledge it at all. “Solo: A Star Wars Story” opens May 25th.