The Last Jedi Nearly Did What With Lando Calrissian!?!

Obvious Star Wars: The Last Jedi Spoilers Ahead.

There were some good parts to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but there were plenty of times where it seemed as though we were watching 2 and 1/2 hours of Rian Johnson giving the middle finger to J.J. Abrams.

  • “Here is your lightsaber Master Skywalker.” Luke tosses it over his shoulder. F-U Abrams!
  • Curious about the mysterious history of Snoke and his power? Slice. Dead. F-U Abrams!
  • What is Rey’s lineage? Skywalker? Kenobi? Ezra Bridger? Well they are nobodies! F-U Abrams!
rey's parents?
They could still potentially be Rey’s parents. That would make her a (Disney) Princess!

Well, apparently Johnson’s middle finger was nearly expanded to the original series as well.

In a recent interview with Playlist, Rian Johnson said that the galaxies second most favorite scoundrel, Lando Calrissian, was in an early draft of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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“Are you making faces at me under that mask?”

My first thought was this could have been cool! Seeing Lando rolling at the high stakes tables in the casino at Canto Bight. Maybe use him as a middle man for Finn and Rose to make contact with the splicer. Or even a cameo of him at the bar downing a Colt 45 Malt liquor.

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“Hello Finn. How’s your mom doing?”

But then I read what Rian Johnson had planned for the character and I nearly spit my Mt. Dew out onto my screen!

“Of course I’d love to see Lando,” Johnson said. “In terms of Lando, I briefly considered — would he work in the Benicio [del Toro] part, [DJ].” For those that mentally blocked the film from their memory already, DJ was the morally ambiguous splicer that initially helps Finn and Rose only to later betray them to the First Order.

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“I don’t think you would ever buy that Lando would just completely betray the characters like that and have that level of moral ambiguity,” Johnson explained. “Cause we love Lando and you’d come into it with that [expectation]…”

What a minute! So Rian Johnson had initially planned on having Lando Calrissian, the hero of the Battle of Endor, BETRAY Leia’s resistance? The widow of his bosom buddy Han?

 

How does this fit in with the character that risked his life to save Han on Cloud City, in Jabba’s palace and helped destroy the second Death Star?

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Source: DementedTimes.com

No wonder this got taken out of the script! Talk about sticking your middle finger up at the original trilogy!

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“Han old buddy, I’m not so sure this director understands what Star Wars fans want.”

What are your thoughts? Would you like to have seen the unexpected twist of have Lando sell out his friends?




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