Lando Calrissian

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Lando Calrissian
Star Wars character
Williams as Lando Calrissian
First appearance The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Last appearance Star Wars Battlefront
(video game, 2016)
Created by Lawrence Kasdan
George Lucas
Portrayed by Billy Dee Williams (Episodes V-VI)
Donald Glover (Untitled Han Solo Anthology film)
Voiced by Billy Dee Williams (The Empire Strikes Back radio drama, Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, Star Wars: Battlefront, Robot Chicken, The Cleveland Show, MAD, The Yoda Chronicles ,The LEGO Movie, Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars Battlefront (2015), Droid Tales and The Freemaker Adventures)
Arye Gross (Return of the Jedi radio drama)
Dave Fennoy (Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance)
Kevin Michael Richardson (Star Wars: Demolition)
Obba Babatundé (Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader, Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds, Star Wars Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike, Kinect Star Wars, and Disney Infinity 3.0)
Tabitha St. Germain (Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles, young)
Species Human
Gender Male
Occupation Administrator of Cloud City
Administrator of Nkllon mining operation
Administrator of Yavin corusca crystal mining operation
General in the Rebel Alliance
CEO of Tendrando Arms
Affiliation Cloud City
Rebel Alliance/New Republic
Title Baron Administrator
Family Non-canon / Legends:
Lindo Calrissian (father)
Tendra Risant (wife)
Lando "Chance" Calrissian (son)
Homeworld Socorro

Lando Calrissian is a character in Star Wars. He is portrayed by Billy Dee Williams in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and will be played by Donald Glover in the upcoming standalone Han Solo Star Wars movie. [1] He also appears frequently in the Star Wars expanded universe of novels, comic books and video games, including a series of novels in which he is the protagonist.



The Empire Strikes Back[edit]

Lando Calrissian first appears in The Empire Strikes Back as the administrator of Cloud City, concerned primarily with keeping the Empire out of his affairs. Bounty hunter Boba Fett, working for Darth Vader, tracks Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, and C-3PO, traveling in the damaged Millennium Falcon, to Bespin. Shortly before Solo and crew make it to Bespin, Darth Vader and a contingent of Imperial forces arrive at Bespin and threaten to take over the city. Lando is strongarmed by Vader into betraying his old friend and turning him over to Boba Fett.

Unwilling to leave the city in the hands of the Empire, Lando reluctantly does so, but his conscience gets the better of him when Vader goes back on his word and takes Leia and Chewbacca as prisoners. When Lando sets Leia, C-3PO and Chewbacca free, Chewbacca chokes him for giving Han to Vader and Fett, and Leia angrily tells Lando that they don't need his help before they chase after Fett, who escapes with Solo. In the ensuing evacuation of Cloud City, he helps Leia, Chewbacca, C-3PO, and R2-D2 escape. He then assists Leia in rescuing the maimed Luke Skywalker, who had fallen into Vader's trap and lost his right hand in a duel, from the underside of Cloud City. Afterwards, he joins the Rebel Alliance and promises Leia that they will find Han.

Return of the Jedi[edit]

In Return of the Jedi, Lando goes undercover to help Luke rescue Han from crime lord Jabba the Hutt. During a battle with Jabba's henchmen, Han saves Lando from being devoured by the Sarlacc; Lando then helps Han and the others destroy Jabba's barge. For his heroics, he is made a general in the Rebel Alliance. Lando then takes the pilot chair in his old ship, the Millennium Falcon, and leads the attack on the second Death Star. He helps the Rebels to victory by destroying the gigantic Imperial battle station.

The Force Awakens[edit]

Lando didn't appear in The Force Awakens, although Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Leia Organa and other members of the Rebels made appearances in the film. Without even being mentioned, the fate of Calrissian after the Battle of Endor was left unknown.

During the early development of the film, Lando was supposed to make an appearance, with Williams reprising the role,[2] but he was finally cut from the film. This action caused the displeasure of many fans.[3]

Han Solo spin-off film[edit]

On October 21, 2016, Lucasfilm announced that Donald Glover was cast as a young Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Star Wars Han Solo Anthology spin off film, which will see a May 25, 2018 release.[4][5]



Billy Dee Williams returned to the role in the Star Wars Rebels episodes "Idiot's Array" and "Siege of Lothal".[6]

In "Idiot's Array", Lando wins Chopper, the repair droid of the crew of the "Ghost", in a game of sabacc, forcing the crew to assist him with a dangerous smuggling run to get their droid back. The smuggling run involves trading a female member to a crime lord in exchange for a puffer pig, leaving the traded crew member to escape in an escape pod. Humiliated, Azmorigan and his henchmen intercept the rebels on Lothal to take revenge. The crew successfully drive the gangsters away and part ways with Lando, though not before Chopper steals the fuel to Lando's ship, which the smuggler concedes as payment for their help.

Video games[edit]

Billy Dee Williams reprises his role as Lando Calrissian in Star Wars Battlefront, in which the character appears as a playable hero.[7]

Marvel comic book[edit]

Lando Calrissian is the star of the Lando comic book series, published by Marvel Comics.[7]


With the 2012 acquisition of Lucasfilm by The Walt Disney Company, most of the licensed Star Wars novels and comics produced since the originating 1977 film Star Wars were rebranded as Star Wars Legends and declared non-canon to the franchise in April 2014.[8][9][10]

Pre-Empire Strikes Back[edit]

Lando's life prior to The Empire Strikes Back is chronicled in The Adventures of Lando Calrissian series of novels. Early in his career, Lando is a prodigious gambler and wins the Millennium Falcon in a game of sabacc. He also wins a strange star-shaped droid named Vuffi Raa, who would be his friend and ally on many occasions. After acquiring the Falcon, and under the tutelage of his friend Han Solo, Lando begins to develop his skills as a pilot. In The Hutt Gambit, he fights in the Battle of Nar Shadaa in the Falcon to defeat an Imperial fleet.

In Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles, Lando's father's name is revealed as "Lindo Calrissan".

In Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu, he is conned by the Sorcerer of Tund, Rokur Gepta, into hunting down the titular object in the Rafa system. When he arrives, he finds it totally covered in sand and plastic pyramids, and inhabited by a dull and slow-witted society, the Toka. Lando eventually finds the mindharp, but the human governor of Rafa IV activates it. Majestically, the pyramids crumble and the Toka are revealed as the Sharu, an ancient civilization that had drained their intelligence away for safety. Once the Sharu are resurrected, they drive out all the humans. Lando is forced to return to Rokur empty-handed.

In Lando Calrissian and the Starcave of ThonBoka, Lando tries to save a space-borne species called the Oswaft. During the mission, strange spherical droids appear and take Vuffi Raa away, for he is actually a scout for this strange culture. Then, he enters the sabacc championships, and loses to Han Solo. Han makes off with the Millennium Falcon.

In Rebel Dawn, Lando helps Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Solo's old flame Bria Tharen (then a Commander in the Rebel Alliance) in a raid against the Hutt-controlled slave world of Ylesia. During the raid which promises generous rewards to Han and his compatriots, Tharen's Red Hand Squadron double crosses Lando and the rest of Han's friends. In the ensuing chaos, Han is branded an accomplice and a traitor. Back on Nar Shaddaa (then Solo's home) word soon spreads, and Lando punches him out.

Later, he wins the mining facility of Cloud City from its ruler, Baron Administrator Dominic Raynor, in a game of sabacc. He becomes a responsible leader, keeping his operations out of the eyes of the Galactic Empire. These events are chronicled in the comic book story "Lady Luck," written by Rich Handley and Darko Macan, and its sequel, "Lando Calrissian: Idiot's Array," by Rich Handley.

Pre-Return of the Jedi[edit]

The Star Wars comic book series released by Marvel Comics featured Lando as a prominent character following The Empire Strikes Back. In the comic series, he has a crime lord nemesis named Drebble, and Lando will frequently make use of his foil's name as a cover identity so that any animosity he generates while using the alias will be brought against the real Drebble, not Lando himself. Drebble features in the comic story "Lady Luck," in which he receives a first name, Barpotomous. Lando's use of Drebble's name backfires when the alliance hears how much trouble "Drebble" has been causing the Empire, and orders Lando to find and decorate him.[11]

Post-Return of the Jedi[edit]

Following the events of Return of the Jedi, he builds a mining complex on the superhot planet Nkllon called Nomad City. The city consists of an old Dreadnaught carried across the landscape on the night side of the planet.

Nomad City is destroyed during Grand Admiral Thrawn's campaign against the New Republic, portrayed in The Thrawn Trilogy. When Emperor Palpatine reappears in Dark Empire and begins his own campaign against the New Republic, Calrissian rejoins the Republic's military at his previous rank. After Palpatine is finally destroyed in Empire's End, Calrissian leaves the military. When Kessel is abandoned following Admiral Daala's attack on the planet in Darksaber, Calrissian takes over the planet, converts its prison into a mining complex, and mines spice from the planet for a number of years.

During The Corellian Trilogy, Calrissian goes on a galaxy-wide hunt for a rich wife. The businessman, reasoning that marriage is partly a financial relationship, meets Tendra Risant, whom he marries. With his inlaws' money and his entrepreneurial abilities, he opens a mining facility on the outer rim planet of Dubrillion. On the side, he unofficially runs an asteroid training facility for smuggler pilots.

In Vector Prime, Calrissian asks Solo and Chewie to help him with a business transaction on the planet of Sernpidal. During this trip, Chewbacca meets his demise, saving Solo's son Anakin from the moon the Yuuzhan Vong sends crashing onto the planet. Solo, Anakin, and the thousands of people they saved head to Dubrillion, where the first major clash between the biological Vong and the mechanical New Republic occurs. Calrissian's ground defenses, as well as his newly created shielding technologies, help save Dubrillion from the initial assault. When the Vong retreat, the Skywalker family launch a desperate attack with the Star Destroyer Rejuvenator and its task force. Calrissian serves as gunner for Solo on the Falcon, but the Rejuvenator and most of her complement of ships are destroyed.

In Dark Tide: Onslaught, Calrissian helps the Solos organize an escape route for Skywalker's Jedi Academy. He poses as a citizen of the besieged world Talfaglia in order to deliver 17 Jedi "hostages" to the Yuuzhan Vong; this is actually a strike team, which attempts to destroy the cloning facilities on the worldship orbiting Myrkr. He also creates Yuuzhan Vong Hunter Droids, two of which prove crucial in the assault on Myrkr to destroy the voxyn queen, and dozens more are used in assaults on Vong strongholds throughout the war.

In Star By Star, Calrissian's efforts are crucial in delaying the Vong victory in a battle on Coruscant. Instead of using mines to attack the Vong piecemeal, he lets them into the minefield, then turns them on the approaching enemy. Over one thousand of the Vong are destroyed or damaged. He also rescues the kidnapped Ben Skywalker from the clutches of the treacherous Senator Viqi Shesh.

In Enemy Lines: Rebel Dream, Calrissian leads the ground troops to a quick victory, then volunteers to lead a small task force to destroy Vong ambushes of convoys and find out how they tracked said convoys. These efforts are wholly successful, with large Vong capital ships destroyed with minimal effort, time, fuel, and munitions.

Finally, when the newly located Galactic Senate on Mon Calamari sets out to vote for a new Chief of State, Calrissian and Talon Karrde provide "incentives" such as silence, money, and blackmail to convince a group of corrupt senators to vote for Cal Omas, who supports the Jedi. When Omas is elected, Calrissian, Karrde, and Star Destroyer owner Booster Terrik lead the Smuggler's Alliance, with Han Solo commanding, to victory over a massive Yuuzhan Vong force in the rout at Ebaq 9.

Calrissian eventually retires to private life after proving crucial in the Battle of Yuuzhan'tar and creating a new Holonet to replace the one the Vong destroyed.

In the seventh novel of the Legacy of the Force series, Fury, Calrissian announces to Han Solo and Leia Organa Solo that he and Tendra are having a child.


Lando Calrissian was chosen as the 11th top Star Wars character by IGN and[12] the character was chosen as the 12th top Star Wars hero by Jesse Schedeen.[13] Schedeen also said that Calrissian was one of the characters he would most like seeing in Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.[14]

Cultural references[edit]

  • Lando appears briefly in the animated film The Lego Movie, voiced by Billy Dee Williams.
  • Lando is featured in Buck: A Memoir by M. K. Asante[15]
  • Internet personality Link Neal named one of his sons Lando after the character, who sometimes appears on Rhett and Link's morning talk show, Good Mythical Morning.
  • Dustin from the Netflix series Stranger Things states "Lando" several times when he feels he and his friends are about to be betrayed.


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