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STAR WARS Should Do a GODFATHER PART II-Style Lando Film with Donald Glover and Billy Dee Williams

STAR WARS Should Do a GODFATHER PART II-Style Lando Film with Donald Glover and Billy Dee Williams

To the surprise of no one, Donald Glover proved the perfect choice to play Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story. After watching him live up to everyone’s expectations, cries for him to get his own standalone movie have grown even louder. Lucasfilm would be crazy not make one, especially with a budding megastar in the role. But it shouldn’t feature Glover alone as the coolest guy in the galaxy far, far away; the perfect Lando movie would be a Godfather Part II-style movie with a split timeline, featuring Billy Dee Williams himself as Lando near the end of his life.

Of course, there’s still so much worth exploring about the early chapters of Lando. How did a scrappy Sabacc player end up running Cloud City before bringing down the second Death Star? What unsavory, illegal, and brilliant moves did he make to go from a backroom card table to a Rebel leader? And even if they don’t want to give us those answers, can we just hang out with this handsome cape-wearing guy for a couple more hours?

But for as much as we want to spend time with young Lando, the story of old Lando might be even more intriguing. More importantly, it might be far more meaningful. We catch up with Calrissian at the end of one of the most fascinating life stories in the galaxy: he was a self-made man who saw an Empire rise, helped defeat it, and saw another evil force rise up in its place. Almost no one else he fought alongside in the Rebellion is left. Han, Luke, and Leia are all gone; except for Chewbacca, the Resistance is in the hands of strangers.

So what’s it like to be Lando Calrissian circa the Sequel Trilogy? What regrets does he have? What would he do differently? Has life beaten him down? Does he feel like a failure? Did he accomplish anything that mattered? The story of old Lando living in a galaxy overrun by evil has a lot in common with his experiences when he was young, but how is he different now? And what does that answer say about life itself?

A film about him fashioned after The Godfather Part II, which contrasted the rise of young Don Corleone with the descent of his son Michael over two separate timelines, would give Lucasfilm a chance to make a totally different kind of Star Wars film. It would be a true character study, one with a deep, rich story that has something to say about what it means to build something, how we live with the fallout of those decisions, and what we do to keep going even as life exacts a bigger and bigger toll on us.

Even without knowing what will happen in Episode IX and whether or not Lando will be in it, the character is fertile grounds for an amazing final entry. No matter if it takes place during the Sequel Trilogy as the First Order becomes the greatest power in the galaxy, or after the Resistance either wins or loses, the cost of the war will have taken so much from Lando Calrissian it would be impossible for it not to have changed him from the man he once was.

The character should get a standalone, but it will mean so much more if they let Donald Glover and Billy Dee Williams stand together to tell the story of his entire life.

What do you think? Could this type of Star Wars movie work? Tell us why in the comments below.

Images: Lucasfilm

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