Lucasfilm Wants to Give Lando Calrissian His Own Star Wars Movie

It's just not happening yet.

by River Donaghey
May 16 2018, 4:24pm

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[Update 5/16: The original version of this post included a quote from Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy in which she said a standalone Lando movie was a sure thing. Unfortunately, Lucasfilm has since said the quote was "mistranslated" by Premiere France—and that we aren't as close to that sweet, sweet Donald Glover spinoff as we hoped. We've updated the post to reflect that.]

From the looks of the early reviews, it seems like Solo: A Star Wars Story has—against all odds—actually turned out to be a decent movie. Significantly less surprising, though, is that Donald Glover completely slays as Lando Calrissian. Just about every write-up borrows some variation on the phrase "scene-stealing" to describe Glover's performance, and the Verge called his Lando "slicker, more charming, and more modern" than Billy Dee's original.

On Wednesday, Premiere France published an interview with Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy, which seemed to say that Lucasfilm is just as excited about Glover as we are—and that the next Star Wars spinoff movie would be dedicated to Lando.

“Of course, there are still many stories to tell about Han and Chewbacca," Premiere France originally quoted Kennedy as saying. "But Lando will be next."

Now, that’s a tantalizing tease, and everyone—including us—got immediately fired up about the news. Unfortunately, it seems like Kennedy’s quote got a little twisted in translation.

A representative for Lucasfilm clarified Kennedy’s quote to Gizmodo, saying that, alas, Kennedy wasn’t confirming the next Star Wars spinoff. She only “said it’s something she’d like to do one day in the future,” the rep corrected, which, you know, same. Premiere France has since updated its article to acknowledge the “misunderstanding between our journalist and Kathleen Kennedy” and to fix its quote.

Still, that doesn’t mean we won’t be getting a Lando movie in the near future—it just means we might have to sit through an Obi-Wan spinoff or something first. It makes sense for Disney to move fast in order to capitalize on all the Lando buzz right now. Plus, Glover is basically running the world at the moment, so why not give the guy his own Star Wars movie already?

Who knows what a standalone Lando film might entail, but we can guess. Could it be a buddy movie about Lando and his bald robo-pal Lobot? A Solo-style heist flick about that time Lando boosted Emperor Palatine's ship? Or maybe just some kind of political thriller about him rising through the Bespin ranks to become Baron Administrator of Cloud City? Honestly, who cares—just drop Donald Glover and his glorious facial hair in any kind of galactic drama, and the world will be happy.

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