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DarkStar Star Wars Character Database: Lando Calrissian

16 May 2023  |  Captain Rex

Lando Calrissian - The Charming Gambler Turned Hero

Lando Calrissian is a beloved character in the Star Wars universe, known for his charisma, wit, and eventual heroism. First introduced in The Empire Strikes Back, Lando plays a pivotal role in the original trilogy and later appears in the standalone film Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Character Description

Originally a smuggler and gambler, Lando Calrissian is a self-made man who became the Baron Administrator of Cloud City on the gas giant Bespin. Known for his suave demeanor and stylish wardrobe, Lando's charm and cunning often help him navigate difficult situations.

In The Empire Strikes Back, Lando initially betrays his old friend Han Solo and the Rebel Alliance to protect Cloud City from the Galactic Empire, but later redeems himself by helping to rescue Han from carbonite and joining the Rebellion. Lando goes on to play a crucial role in the destruction of the second Death Star in Return of the Jedi, piloting the Millennium Falcon during the climactic battle.

Lando's past adventures are further explored in Solo: A Star Wars Story, where he is portrayed by Donald Glover. The film delves into Lando's relationships with Han Solo and the droid L3-37, as well as his reputation as a skilled gambler and pilot.

Appearances in Star Wars Media

  • Films: The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi - Lando is a key character in the original trilogy, first introduced as an antagonist before becoming an important ally to the Rebel Alliance.
  • Film: Solo: A Star Wars Story - Lando's younger years are explored in this standalone film, showcasing his adventures with Han Solo and the origins of his friendship with the future Rebel hero.
  • TV Series: Star Wars Rebels - Lando makes a guest appearance in the animated series, offering assistance to the Ghost crew in their fight against the Empire.
  • Various novels, comics, and games in the Star Wars canon - Lando's story is further expanded upon in numerous books, comics, and video games set in the Star Wars universe.
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