LANDO, PANSEXUAL ‘STAR WARS’ STAR, GETS DISNEY+ SERIES

Dear White People and Bad Hair creator as well as 2019 Out100 honoree Justin Simien is bringing the galaxy’s favorite pansexual scoundrel to Disney+. 

While announcing a whole new slate of shows and movies, Star Wars announced a new Lando Calrissian series, titled Lando, is coming and that Simien is in “the early stage of developing the project.”

Lando has long been a fan favorite and a major crush of people of all genders, but it wasn’t until he was played by Donald Glover in Solo: A Star Wars Story that his sexuality became a larger point.

Solo co-writer Jonathan Kasdan was asked directly by Huffington Post back in 2018 if Lando is pansexual, and he emphatically responded “I would say yes.” 

“There’s a fluidity to Donald and Billy Dee’s [portrayal of Lando’s] sexuality,” he continued. “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.”

When Glover himself was asked, he was also totally for the idea. “There’s so many things to have sex with [in the Star Wars universe],” he said. “I mean, serious, I didn’t think that was that weird. Yeah, he’s coming on to everybody. I mean, yeah, whatever. He’s like having like a ’70s swing — yeah. It just didn’t seem that weird to me ’cause I feel like if you’re in space it’s kind of like, the door is open! It’s like, no only guys or girls. No, it’s anything. This thing is literally a blob. Are you a man or a woman? Like, who cares? Have good time out here.”

Lando’s queerness hasn’t really been explored onscreen, unless you count fucking his robot as queer. Hopefully with Simien at the helm we’ll get to see it explored further.

It’s not yet confirmed if Donald Glover, who played young Lando in Solo, or Billy Dee Williams, who originally played him, will return, but fans are hopeful — Disney+ has been doing a great job of old stars returning for new shows, with Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christiansen reprising their roles as Obi-Wan and Darth Vader respectively in the upcoming Obi-Wan show.

SOURCE: OUT DOT COM

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