“How can you not be pansexual in space?” Glover says.
Last week (May 17), Solo: A Star Wars Story co-screenwriter Jonathan Kasdan confirmed that the character Lando Calrissian identifies as pansexual, and the admission made headlines all over the place.
For Donald Glover, who plays the swaggering space smuggler in the new film Solo: A Star Wars Story, the character’s sexuality was pretty easy for him to grasp. “How can you not be pansexual in space?” he said with a laugh when talking to Sirius XM, explaining that Lando’s sexuality felt obvious to him. “There are so many things to have sex with. I didn’t think that was that weird.”
The actor explained that because his character is a sexual being who is in constant contact with aliens, he would naturally be attracted to creatures outside the human gender spectrum. “I feel like if you’re in space it’s kind like, the door is open,” he said. “It’s like, 'No, only guys or girls.' No, it’s anything. This thing is literally a blob. 'Are you a man or a woman?' Like, who cares? Have good time out here.”
Kasdan previously told The Huffington Post, when asked whether or not Calrissian was a pansexual character, that he was. Kasdan also would have liked to have had more explicitly queer moments in the film.
“I would have loved to have gotten a more explicitly LGBT character into this movie,” he said. “I think it’s time, certainly, for that, and I love the fluidity ― sort the spectrum sexuality that Donald appeals to and that droids are a part .”
Watch Glover talk about his character’s sexuality below: