Lando Calrissian is the forgotten hero of “Star Wars.” Added the the original saga in “The Empire Strikes Back,” he gets off to a rocky start by betraying Leia and Han (though it’s to protect his people, which is an important, oft forgotten detail), but by the “Return of the Jedi” he’s become a fully entrenched and accepted member of the Skywalker and friends gang. He even has the honor of piloting the Millennium Falcon in the final battle, and he’s included in the last, celebratory cast shot of the film with the other stars. He’s one of the gang, a solid fourth to Luke, Leia and Han, but still an important fourth.
I have therefore always been sad that history seems to have given him the short end of the stick. As a “Star Wars” fan, I never hear anyone talk about him. He’s not in any modern merchandise. Billy Dee Williams’ absence from “The Force Awakens” isn’t even given an throw away line of explanation.
It’s no surprise then that I was ecstatic when it was announced that everyone’s favorite rapper/actor/comedian Donald Glover would be playing Lando in the prequel film set to follow a young Han Solo. It makes sense, since Lando was the original owner of the Falcon and a friend of Han’s from back in the day, and it’s a great moment for the few of us out there who love Lando.
IGN quickly posted a video explaining why they liked the casting:
Since this was about “Star Wars” and a famous actor, the Twitterverse naturally had lots to say: