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Baron Landonis "Lando" Calrissian is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise. In the original trilogy, Lando is introduced as an old friend of Han Solo, who prior to the events of the film was the original owner of the Millennium Falcon, until he lost the ship to Han in a bet. In the film, he is a former smuggler, who became the Baron-Administrator of the Cloud City of gas planet Bespin, and later becomes part of the Rebel Alliance. He is portrayed by Billy Dee Williams in The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983), while Donald Glover portrays a younger Lando in the 2018 standalone film Solo: A Star Wars Story. Lando also appears frequently in the Star Wars expanded universe of novels, comic books and video games, including a series of Legends novels in which he is the protagonist.
|Star Wars character|
Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian
|First appearance||The Empire Strikes Back (1980)|
|Created by||George Lucas
|Portrayed by||Billy Dee Williams (Episodes V–VI)
Donald Glover (Solo: A Star Wars Story)
|Voiced by||Billy Dee Williams (most media)
Arye Gross (Return of the Jedi; radio drama)
Dave Fennoy (X-Wing Alliance)
Kevin M. Richardson (Demolition)
Obba Babatundé (Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader, Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds, Star Wars Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike, Kinect Star Wars and Disney Infinity 3.0)
Tabitha St. Germain (The Yoda Chronicles (young)
|Full name||Landonis Calrissian|
|Occupation||Captain of the Millennium Falcon
Administrator of Cloud City
General in the Rebel Alliance
CEO of Tendrando Arms (in Legends)
Rebel Alliance/New Republic
Lindo Calrissian (father, non-canon in the Legends continuity)
Chance Calrissian (son)
|Spouse(s)||Tendra Risant (Legends)|
Concept and creationEdit
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The first draft of The Empire Strikes Back featured a character named Lando Kadar, a veteran of the Clone Wars who lived on Hoth. His name and familiar aspects of his backstory materialized in the second draft.
Website The Verge noted that despite Han Solo's first name being written as "Han" and franchise creator George Lucas also pronouncing the name as "Han" (hæn) off-screen, within the films most characters, including Luke Skywalker, pronounce it as "Hahn" (hɑn). The Verge also noted how Billy Dee Williams' Lando seems to be the only character to pronounce it as "Han" like Lucas, and that when, in The Empire Strikes Back, Lando is strangled by Chewbacca for betraying Han, Lando causes most other characters to shift to "Han". In Solo: A Star Wars Story, Glover decided to deliberately use "Han" instead of the other characters "Hahn" in order to honor the character's trait.
Certain dialogue in Solo has been interpreted as suggesting that Lando could be pansexual, therefore making him sexually interested in men, women, and droids, which could include both Han and Lando's female co-pilot droid L3-37. Co-writer Jonathan Kasdan opined that Lando is pansexual, stating, "There's a fluidity to Donald and Billy Dee's [portrayal of Lando’s] sexuality [...] 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." However, a much more ambiguous answer was given by Jonathan Kasdan's father Lawrence Kasdan, who had co-written with Lucas the character of Lando for the original trilogy films; Kasdan commented on L3-37 joking about Lando's flirty attitude, "that is her personality, maybe it means something, maybe it doesn't". The article also noted that one of the first things Lando did, right after being introduced in the original films, was make clear his attraction to women by kissing Princess Leia's hand and telling her "you look absolutely beautiful". Other magazines said that the pansexuality described by Jonathan Kasdan ultimately amounted to nothing due to it never being mentioned anywhere in the film, nor anywhere else.
Lando Calrissian first appears in The Empire Strikes Back (1980) as the administrator of Cloud City, concerned primarily with keeping the Empire out of his affairs. Bounty hunter Boba Fett, working for Darth Vader, tracks Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, and C-3PO, traveling in the damaged Millennium Falcon, to Bespin. Shortly before Solo and crew make it to Bespin, Darth Vader and a contingent of Imperial forces arrive at Bespin and threaten to take over the city. Lando is strong-armed by Vader into betraying his old friend and turning him over to Boba Fett.
Unwilling to leave the city in the hands of the Empire, Lando reluctantly does so, but his conscience gets the better of him when Vader goes back on his word and takes Leia and Chewbacca as prisoners. When Lando sets Leia, C-3PO and Chewbacca free, Chewbacca chokes him for giving Han to Vader and Fett, and Leia angrily tells Lando that they don't need his help before they chase after Fett, who escapes with Solo. In the ensuing evacuation of Cloud City, he helps Leia, Chewbacca, C-3PO, and R2-D2 escape. He then assists Leia in rescuing the maimed Luke Skywalker, who had fallen into Vader's trap and lost his right hand in a duel, from the underside of Cloud City. Afterwards, he joins the Rebel Alliance and promises Leia that they will find Han.
In Return of the Jedi (1983), Lando goes undercover to help Luke rescue Han from crime lord Jabba the Hutt. During a battle with Jabba's henchmen, Han saves Lando from being devoured by the Sarlacc; Lando then helps Han and the others destroy Jabba's barge. For his heroics, he is made a general in the Rebel Alliance. Lando then takes the pilot chair in his old ship, the Millennium Falcon, and leads the attack on the second Death Star. He helps the Rebels to victory by destroying the gigantic Imperial battle station.
Lando did not appear in the first film of the sequel trilogy, The Force Awakens (2015), although Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Leia Organa and other members of the Rebel Alliance made appearances in the film. The fate of Calrissian following the Battle of Endor is currently unknown. During the early development of the film, Lando was meant to appear, with Williams expressing interest in reprising the role, but he was ultimately cut from the film. According to Williams, the reason for which his character did not return was possibly that Calrissian did not fit in the film's storyline. This action caused the displeasure of some fans.
Lando was also absent from The Last Jedi (2017), despite Skywalker's and Organa's presence as in the previous installment. During the early development of the film, director Rian Johnson briefly considered bringing back Calrissian as the codebreaker that Finn and Rose Tico seek in the coastal city of Canto Bight on the planet of Cantonica, but Calrissian was finally written out of the film's script and the codebreaker role ultimately went to Benicio del Toro's character DJ, who, like Calrissian did in The Empire Strikes Back, betrayed the film's protagonists. Unlike Calrissian, however, DJ's betrayal is for more selfish reasons and he does not redeem himself afterwards.
Williams himself has hinted that he would be willing to reprise his role in the upcoming Episode IX if he is asked. Poe Dameron's portrayer Oscar Isaac has stated Calrissian could fit in the story of Episode IX and that he has hopes that it could happen since Lando is his favorite character, while Luke Skywalker's portrayer Mark Hamill has stated that it is time to start a campaign to convince the studio to bring back Lando in Episode IX.
Solo: A Star Wars StoryEdit
Donald Glover portrays a young Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story, which takes place before the original trilogy. Glover had the opportunity to speak with Billy Dee Williams and seek his input. "He said, 'Just be charming'. Which is the best advice." Williams had expressed interest in making a cameo appearance (though likely as another character) in the film, but he did not ultimately appear.
Lando is introduced as a gambler and "retired" smuggler who owns a ship fast enough for Han and his associates to use in stealing a load of raw starship fuel. Han tries to win the ship (the Millennium Falcon) from him in a game of sabacc, but Lando cheats and cleans Han out. However, Lando agrees to join the team in exchange for a percentage of the profits from the mission. During the heist and subsequent escape, Lando is injured and his droid co-pilot L3-37 is irreparably damaged, but Han brings the Falcon to safety with help from L3's navigational database after it is hotwired into the ship's computer. Lando later takes the Falcon and abandons the team, but Han tracks him down and wins it from him in another game of sabacc, having stolen the card Lando had up his sleeve to let him cheat.
Lando Calrissian spin-offEdit
In "Idiot's Array", Lando wins Chopper, the repair droid of the crew of the Ghost, in a game of sabacc, forcing the crew to assist him with a dangerous smuggling run to get their droid back. The crew become reluctant business partners to Lando following the ordeal, leading to their first encounter with the crime boss Azmorigan. In "The Siege of Lothal", the crew of the Ghost reluctantly approach Lando for help in getting off of Lothal, which is under Imperial occupation. He is also mentioned on occasion in various other episodes, becoming one of a couple of aliases employed by Ezra Bridger.
Billy Dee Williams reprises his role as Lando Calrissian in various games, including Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, Star Wars Battlefront and Star Wars Battlefront II; in the latter two he appears as a playable hero.
Lando Calrissian is the lead character in Lando, a five-issue miniseries published in 2015. Lando has a brief appearance in the comic miniseries Shattered Empire published by Marvel Comics in 2015. Lando will be the lead character in the upcoming comic Lando: Double of Nothing, a five-issue miniseries released in 2018.
The Star Wars comic book series released by Marvel Comics featured Lando as a prominent character following The Empire Strikes Back. In the comic series, he has a crime lord nemesis named Drebble, and Lando will frequently make use of his foil's name as a cover identity so that any animosity he generates while using the alias will be brought against the real Drebble, not Lando himself.
Legends novels that took place after Return of the Jedi commonly depicted Lando as getting involved in a variety of entrepreneurial schemes, including Nomad City in Timothy Zahn's Thrawn trilogy and the Kessel Spice Mines in the works of Kevin J. Anderson. During The Corellian Trilogy, Calrissian goes on a galaxy-wide hunt for a rich wife, ultimately marrying Tendra Risant. With his in-laws' money and his entrepreneurial abilities, he opens a mining facility on the outer rim planet of Dubrillion. In The New Jedi Order and beyond, Lando continues being a valuable ally and friend to the Skywalker/Solo family, and in the seventh novel of the Legacy of the Force series, Calrissian announces to Han Solo and Leia Organa Solo that he and Tendra are having a child in Fury.
Kevin J. Anderson stated that Lucasfilm toyed with the idea of killing off Lando, noting the character had run his course for Expanded Universe authors in the '90s.
Lando is the main protagonist in a series of three novels by L. Neil Smith published in the 1980s and titled The Adventures of Lando Calrissian: Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu, Lando Calrissian and the Flamewind of Oseon and Lando Calrissian and the Starcave of ThonBoka.
Lando Calrissian was chosen as the 11th top Star Wars character by IGN and the character was chosen as the 12th top Star Wars hero by Jesse Schedeen. Schedeen also said that Calrissian was one of the characters he would most like seeing in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.
Billy Dee Williams has publicly admitted that he personally received backlash from youngsters who were negatively affected by Lando's betrayal of Han Solo. Williams felt that the situation would have been different if Lando had been played by a Caucasian actor.
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