Rian Johnson explains why Lando wasn't in Star Wars: The Final Jedi

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[The next incorporates spoilers for Star Wars: The Final Jedi, however come on, it’s best to simply go see it.] 

Other than perhaps Wedge Antilles or Max Rebo, the largest authentic Star Wars character who has but to seem within the sequel trilogy is Billy Dee Williams’ Lando Calrissian, the eternally clean smuggler who by some means turned the Baron Administrator of Cloud Metropolis and a common for the Insurgent Alliance. Williams has confirmed that he has no qualms about returning to the Star Wars universe, since he has reprised his position as Lando on Star Wars Rebels, however we have now but to obtain any indication of what Lando is doing in nowadays.

Apparently, although, Star Was: The Final Jedi nearly saved a spot for him till director Rian Johnson determined that it might be a disservice to each Lando’s character and the story arc he was crafting for John Boyega’s Finn. Talking with The Playlist, Johnson mentioned that there was some dialogue of getting Lando fill the position that Benicio Del Toro’s DJ did within the film, changing him because the shady hacker who helped Finn and newcomer Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) sneak onto Snoke’s ship to disable the hyperspace tracker. The issue was that the plan needed to fail, and Johnson wished it to be due to Finn and Rose’s choice to belief the morally ambiguous hacker. Lando couldn’t have stuffed that requirement, as a result of everyone loves Lando, and he didn’t need an look like that to be “contrived.” (To not point out the truth that he already betrayed the heroes in one in every of these films.)

That also leaves the opportunity of Lando showing in J.J. Abrams’ Episode IX, although contemplating how effectively the final two films have chewed by means of each different returning character, perhaps it’ll be greatest if he and Wedge simply hand around in a low-stakes tie-in comedian or no matter. Max Rebo, then again, undoubtedly has to indicate up in some unspecified time in the future. The folks wish to see what that bizarre elephant is as much as.

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