Lando, a Charming Scoundrel

I wrote a post a few weeks ago about my excitement for Lando in Solo: A Star Wars Story and that excitement hasn’t dwindled in the slightest. And to hear all of the great feedback that has been given to Donald Glover’s portrayal of the character I couldn’t be more pumped to see him in this film.

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Billy Dee Williams’ Lando Calrissian has always been a great character but he’s never been one of my favorites. He’s charismatic and charming in a way that I felt only Williams could conjure and the thought of another actor taking that beloved Star Wars character and molding it to his own seemed just as impossible as Alden Ehrenreich taking the mantle of Han Solo. When they announced Donald Glover was cast to play Lando I could only wait patiently and hope he would bring the level of swagger needed to really convince me he would be a great Lando. Um…he did! I haven’t even watched the film yet and I’m already LOVING this new Lando. So much in fact that when I think of Lando I think of Donald Glover’s rendition first rather than Billy Dee Williams’ version of the character. That is exactly the response I wanted to have.

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Lando, like I said before, is a great character but unlike Han, Luke, and Leia his story hasn’t been fleshed out as much as theirs. He had a small but prominent role in both The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi and he’s the only major character from the original trilogy that hasn’t made an appearance in this current trilogy so far. So the fact that this movie is going to provide us more content for the character and content that highlights a younger stage in his life is even more awesome.

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I’m also excited just to see what part he exactly plays in this movie. I know at some point in the film he will befriend Han because that’s a no-brainer but I’m also interested in seeing how he handles himself in the criminal underworld. Is he one to take orders or give the orders? Is he, at this time in his life, cordial to those around him or surprisingly ruthless? And how will his relationship be with Qi’Ra, considering that he’s the galaxy’s biggest womanizer? And will we get to see him (hopefully) pilot the Millennium Falcon before Han ultimately takes it from him? These are the questions I can’t wait to be answered and thankfully I only have a little while until they will be.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a splendid day. May the Force be with you.

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