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Lando Calrissian - Star Wars

Lando Calrissian from Star Wars played by Billy Dee Williams.

Lando Calrissian is a fictional male Corellian in the Star Wars film series who was portrayed on screen by Billy Dee Williams. Lando Calrissian, from his first appearance in the 'Star Wars V - The Empire Strikes Back' to his (current last as of June 2013) last in Star Wars VI - Return of the Jedi.

Lando Calrissian is seen as one of the most important characters of the original trilogy. He has not appeared in the first two Star Wars sequel movies, rather sitting these out. His character has just been written out, he's not adverse to coming back, he said he would like to if they wrote him in.BND

There had been a rumour that Finn, one of the new characters in the movie is rumoured to be the son of Lando Calrissian. There's no connection between Finn and Lando as yet, unlikely that there will be one.

The Empire Strikes Back

Lando first appears as the Administrator of Cloud City, Bespin and is an old time friend of Han Solo. Han won the Millennium Falcon off Lando in a game of Sabacc which is not explained in the movies, just the expanded universe,

Lando invites his guests (Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2) to dinner but it is a trap as Darth Vader is waiting for them. Vader had arrived earlier on the planet. Vader tells Lando that all he's interested in is Luke Skywalker and its really a trap for him.

Darth Vader planned to freeze Han Solo in frozen Carbonite and send him to Jabba, the Hutt. Vader agreed to leaving Leia, the droids and Chewbacca with Lando but Vader changes his mind at the last moment and plans to take the Princess with him. Calrissian orders the evacuation of he Cloud City to use as a cover to free Han Solo's friends from the Empire.

Lando with the assistance of the Cloud City security frees Princess Leia, Chewbacca and the droids and they escape using the Millennium Falcon picking up Luke on the way.

Return of the Jedi

Lando has managed to get a job as one of Jabba the Hutts' guards where he helps or at least tries to help rescue Han. During the fracas on the sail boats over the Sarlacc Pit, Lando falls into the pit and has to be rescued by Han Solo and Chewbacca.

At the Rebel base, Lando with the help of Nien Nunb agrees to lead the space ship assault on the new Death Star using the Millennium Falcon. The only other person to have destroyed a Death Star is Luke Skywalker. Where as Luke fired a single shot down a chute, Lando Calrissian has to fly into the unfinished Death Star and destroy the main energy source for the station.

Star Wars Rebels

In addition to the live action films, Lando Calrissian appears in two episodes of Rebels cartoon series. The Rebels cartoon series is set between the events of Revenge of the Sith and the New Hope. The first time, Lando gets the crew of the Ghost to give him a lift when Lando wins Chopper the repair droid in a game of Sarbacc.

The second appearance is when the crew of the Ghost ask Lando for help to get of Lothal which is under the control of the Imperial army.

Han Solo Prequel

Young Lando Calrissian played by Donald Glover

You can't have a Han Solo back story without featuring Lando Calrissian, Han's long time friend. Lando is to be played on screen by Donald Glover, an American actor, singer and D.J..

Han Solo is introduced to Lando Calrissian by Qi'ra when Han is in need of a ship to get his group to Kessel where they plan to steal Coaxium ore. Han tries to win the Millennium Falcon off Lando at a game of Sarbacc but looses everything because Lando has cheated.

Lando is persuaded to help the group get to and then off Kessel with the required Coaxium. When Lando's beloved L3-37 is destroyed, Lando is unable to pilot the craft so Han and Chewbacca take over the controls of the Millennium. The Coaxium is taken to Savereen, a desert / water planet to be handed over to Dryden Vos.

Lando doesn't stay long and leaves the planet without getting his cut. Han will catch up with Lando playing Sarbacc on a forrest planet. Han has remembered how Lando won the first Sarbacc game and prevents being caught out again. Han and Lando play Sarbacc again and this time Han wins the Millennium Falcon.

Lando's love of wearing a cape doesn't go unremembered as Lando has a waredrobe of capes which Qi'ra rummages through and tries on a few. Qi'ra uses one of Lando's cape to show her character nobility on the planet of Kessel.

If the first Solo movie is a success, we can expect to see more of Lando given his and Solo's lives are interwinned. We may even get to see the Battle of Tanaab.

The Battle of Tanaab is mentioned in Return of the Jedi and gets Lando Calrissian a promotion to General in the oncoming battle. Tanaab is only detailed in the expanded universe. Lando Calrissian took part in the Galactic Civil War when he took on a group of pirates in orbit round the planet of Tanaab.

A number of people have been irked when Jonathon Kasdan who co-wrote the Solo film with his father that Lando was Pansexual. What has angered people was that they were changing Lando's orientation. Lando has always been known as a ladies man ever since he's been introduced in Empire Strikes Back. If you're going to create a Pansexual character, create a new one, not alter a character. Just look at the comments at Slate

Lando Calrissian Facts

Alien RaceCorellian
AllegianceThe Rebel Alliance
ActorBilly Dee Williams

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