As the May 2018 release date for the newest Star Wars anthology film – centring on Han Solo – edges closer, it’s inevitable that more and more information about the somewhat-troubled production is revealed. This past week, we’ve begun to see snippets of Lando Calrissian, due to be played by Donald Glover, on the social media profiles of the film’s new director, Ron Howard. We’re going to be taking a closer look at these images to find out all we can about the Han Solo movie, and Lando’s role in it.
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) 11 July 2017
Our first preview came on July 11th, revealing a photograph of what is presumed to be Lando’s outfits throughout the film. This raises several interesting points: first of all, this could be an indication that Lando is due to feature heavily in the film, taking on a substantial supporting role, due to the variety of costumes seen here. We already know from The Empire Strikes Back that there’s a long history between Lando and Han, so it’ll be interesting to see whether he features as a prominent supporting character, as suggested by the range of outfits, or a less substantial, cameo-esque role. The other theory here is that this is an on-set photograph of Lando’s in-world wardrobe, with his personal collection of clothing. It’s less likely, as evidenced by the other rail of clothing on the left, which would suggest this is a costume room, but it’s worth bearing in mind. After all, there’s a lot of outfits here – it’s doubtful we’ll see Glover’s Lando in the whole lot!
This second image is far more recent, but also gives us our first explicit look at Glover’s Lando. He appears to be wearing yellow overalls, very different from the blue attire he is best known for, which suggests on a visual level that the Lando here isn’t the same as the man seen in the original Star Wars trilogy, potentially suggesting a fresh, but grounded, take on the character will be shown. It’s a very small image on the monitor, so it’s hard to tell precisely what’s going on, but it’s a logical assumption to make from the design of the windows to the right of the image that this takes places on the Millennium Falcon, suggesting Lando will be a functioning member of the crew. Lando also appears to be in a rather brooding, pensive pose – which makes sense considering the screenplay was written by Lawrence Kazdan, who also penned The Empire Strikes Back and more recently, The Force Awakens. This also correlates with the departure of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller of 21 Jump Street fame, who left the project halfway through principal photography, citing creative differences. This image may explain why this situation arose: this appears to be a rather dark scene, which likely isn’t the direction in which Lord and Miller were taking it.
Hyperspace is real. My first experience. Wow. pic.twitter.com/POilRi5ePX
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) 19 July 2017
This final image was released just hours before this article was published, and gives us another clear shot of Glover’s Lando. Once again in his yellow outfit, unlike the blue clothing he wore in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, it’s safe to assume Lando is firmly a member of the Falcon’s crew, as he aids Han and Chewbacca in entering hyperspace. We know from previous films that Lando is capable of flying ships, so it’ll be interesting to see him co-pilot the Falcon – as his pose in this image would suggest. This then begs the interesting question of Chewbacca’s role in proceedings: we know he’s in the film, but if Lando is functioning as co-pilot, where does that leave Chewie? This could potentially open an interesting conflict between the Falcon’s crew over the hierarchy on-board – tension that would certainly explain Lando’s double-crossing ways. The camera angle appears to harken back to the cockpit shots seen frequently in Star Wars films when characters are manning ships, confirming that, like Rogue One, the Han Solo film will be sticking firmly to its 20th-century roots.
Aside from these small glimpses, very little is known about the Han Solo spin-off – not even its title. While hype grows stronger for December’s The Last Jedi, it’s likely we won’t hear too much about this in the near future, but from the glimpses of Lando we’ve seen here, May 2018 can’t come fast enough.
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