Today is a good day. Star Wars has had a bit of a problem with diversity over the decades it’s been dominating movie screens. Not only with race but sexuality and gender as well. Since it’s acquisition at Disney, the mouse house has been trying to do a bit of catching up. While they’ve gotten a bit better with casting more diverse races, one thing that still seems to be lacking is sexuality representation. But that changes today.
In an interview with The Huffington Post, co-writer Jonathan Kasdan of Solo: A Star Wars Story was asked if Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) could be pansexual, given his flirty attitude to most beings. And his answer gives us a clue that this should be the beginning of a lot more representation.
I would say yes. There’s a fluidity to Donald and Billy Dee’s [portrayal of Lando’s] sexuality. 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. He doesn’t make any hard and fast rules. I think it’s fun. I don’t know where it will go.
It appears that Disney is still hesistant to actively display representation – given that this aspect of Lando will not be explored in the film. Not to mention the first openly gay characters in the live-action Beauty and the Beast just had a dance with another man. I believe it should be Disney’s goal to create diverse productions, behind the scenes and on screen. That being said, this should hopefully open up many more doors for LGBTQIA+ characters. If squeaky-clean Disney can help make this our new norm, they’d be a powerful ally. It shouldn’t discredit this small step for the filmverse of Star Wars however. I can’t wait to see what else the Star Wars universe will have for us.
What do you think of Lando’s sexual fluidity? Are you as excited as we are? Let us know! Be sure to come back to Geek Girl Authority for more Star Wars news. Solo: A Star Wars Story soars into theaters May 25th.
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