Solo: A Star Wars story hits theatres today. Depending on your opinion of Disney’s handling of the Star Wars universe, you’re either excited for another fun-filled adventure in a galaxy far, far away, or you’re moodily waiting to see how the Mouse has defiled your childhood this time.
It doesn’t matter your persuasion, because we all know you’re going to see it anyway.
And speaking of persuasion, turns out Lando Calrissian is pansexual. That’s right, your boy Lando is into a bit of everyone, from women to droids – and even his best friend Han.
In an interview with the Huffington Post, Solo writer Jonathan Kasdan was asked about lines that appear to indicate Lando, who’s played in the newest film by Donald Glover, might have a thing for his buddy Han Solo.
Kasden’s response to “Is he pansexual?” was an emphatic “yes”.
The lines in question (which on the surface aren’t exactly dripping with pansexual overtones, but, hey, what the f*ck would we know?) is a single instance of Lando calling Han “baby” and a scene where Calrissian acknowledges that all the stories Han had heard “are true”.
There is also one shot in a scene where Lando is playing space poker in a seedy underground casino, where he leans forward (in a presumably pansexual manner) to scoop up his winnings. But wait for it. The shot is framed…between Han’s legs. That settles it, Lando is pansexual.
At first glance, this may seem like Star Wars’ creators cashing in on the apparent trendiness of alternative sexual preferences, or audiences reading far too much into things. But in our opinion, it makes eminent sense.
In The Empire Strikes Back, Lando betrays Han Solo by selling him out to Darth Vader and Boba Fett. At the time, it was thought Calrissian was giving up his friend in exchange for Vader leaving Cloud City.
But now that it’s been revealed that Lando’s sexuality is as fluid as his loyalties, we can see another reason behind his betrayal. Lando was spurned by Han and he never quite got over it. Perhaps he was even jealous of Leia. This love triangle, fuelled by jealousy, heartbreak and pansexual lust, was the reason Lando Calrissian didn’t think twice before selling his former love interest out. He immediately regretted his disloyalty, though, and signed up to the rebellion in order to find Han and win his heart, once and for all.
Look – we may be reading into this too much.
Even, so, we’re excited about the world of possibilities opened up by this new revelation, which is definitely not just a shallow marketing attempt by Disney to appeal to an LGBTQ audience. Definitely not.