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Smuggler? Such a small world. I'm more of a... galactic entrepreneur.
~ Lando Calrissian

Lando Calrissian is a fictional character in the original Star Wars trilogy. He appeared as the (former) teritary antagonist-turned-secondary protagonist in The Empire Strikes Back, one of the secondary protagonists of Return of the Jedi, one of the two tritagonists of Solo (the other being Chewbacca), and one of the secondary protagonists in the upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and a minor character of the non-canon film The Lego Movie. . He is portrayed by Billy Dee Williams who would later portray Harvey Dent and Donald Glover, who also portrayed Aaron Davis and Simba as his younger self. Williams reprised his role in the Star Wars Rebels episode Idiot's Array and will reprise it in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

The Empire Strikes Back

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 Millenium 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 strong armed 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

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 sail 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.

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  • Lando is one of the main African-American Star Wars character. Followed by Mace Windu in the Prequel Trilogy and Finn in the Sequel Trilogy.
  • While most people believe that Lando Calrissian, Mace Windu and Finn are the only black characters in Star Wars universe this info is not true. Their are background characters like Rennek, Tanus Spijek and few others however they are over looked by the audience just like every background character in every film.
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    Rennek one of the many henchmen found in Jabba's palace in Return of the Jedi.

  • In the Angry Birds Star Wars franchise, Lando is playable. He fires three shots outward using his blaster. These shots are spawned at the same time and spread out in their formation, with one going straight at the target. He makes his first appearance in Stage 4: Cloud City and later appears in Stage 6: Death Star II in the first game. In the prequel game, he can only be summoned via character swapping.

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