- The Washington Times - Friday, May 18, 2018

Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy may have another controversy on her hands with the reveal that Lando Calrissian in “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is pansexual.

“Star Wars” fans around the world have given Disney and Lucasfilm an earful since the release of director Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi,” which featured Luke Skywalker drinking green alien breast milk as a disillusioned Jedi master. “Solo” co-writer Lawrence Kasdan may have given ammunition to irate fans on Thursday who say Mrs. Kennedy is using the brand name to push a political agenda.

“Given the opportunity to speak with father-and-son ‘Solo’ co-writers Lawrence and Jonathan Kasdan, I asked them about Lando’s possible sexual fluidity. Is he pansexual?” HuffPost wrote Thursday.

“I would say yes,” Jonathan Kasdan “emphatically” replied. “There’s a fluidity to Donald [Glover’s] and Billy Dee’s [portrayal of Lando’s] sexuality,” Mr. Kasdan continued. “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.”

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” premiers May 25. The film is directed by Ron Howard and stars Alden Ehrenreich as the iconic Han Solo.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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