The Star Wars universe features a variety of heroes, but some of its most engaging ones are the reluctant heroes who sometimes against their better judgement are swept up into vast intergalactic struggles of good against evil. Smuggler turned Rebel Alliance member Han Solo is of course the most famous of these type of characters, but a close second is Han's “old buddy,” the dashing gambler Lando Calrissian who filmgoers first met in 1980's The Empire Strikes Back. In Empire, actor Billy Dee Williams used his trademark charm to show Lando's journey from a scoundrel who sells out Han to the Galactic Empire to a Rebel Alliance sympathizer. And in 1983's Return of the Jedi, Willams' Lando returned to help the Rebels strike a death blow against the Empire by blowing up the second Death Star.
This May, the legend of Lando grows a bit larger. He's a major player in the next Star Wars film, Solo: A Star Wars Story, which winds back the clock and shows the criminal escapades the title character, played by Alden Ehrenreich, and his future best friend, Donald Glover's Lando, got embroiled in as young men.
That same month Marvel Comics fans will get a chance to learn more about Glover's character with the debut of the five issue Star Wars: Lando - Double or Nothing, by screenwriter Rodney Barnes and artist Paolo Villanelli. CBR spoke with Barnes about the excitement of writing his title character, his take on Lando, and the dynamic between the gambler and his droid L3.
CBR: Rodney, I'm guessing that being offered the chance to write almost any Star Wars comic is a dream, but how did it feel to be offered a chance to look at a young Lando? What's been the most appealing element of writing this miniseries?
Rodney Barnes: Man... the day I got the call was unlike anything professionally to date. To be a part of a world I’ve loved since childhood is truly an honor. The most appealing part of writing this story is it’s new. This isn’t the older more familiar Lando we’ve all come to know and love; this is an ambitious upstart with a galaxy full of adventure in front of him.