WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story, in theaters now.
As much as Alden Ehrenreich's Han is front and center in Solo: A Star Wars Story, Donald Glover's Lando Calrissian is the real scene-stealer, imbuing the suave, fan-favorite character with the charm that evokes Billy Dee Williams' performance in The Empire Strikes Back. However, director Ron Howard's film provides more insight into the man beneath the cape -- a lover, a gambler and, yes, a fighter. More so, Glover's portrayal highlights the unscrupulous nature of Lando, whetting our appetites for him to receive a movie of his own.
Sure, Solo sets up a sequel, but honestly, we've gotten a lot of Han's backstory already. Lucasfilm should prioritize a project the studio has already indicated is a possibility -- because fans want to see more of Glover's dashing rogue, sooner rather than later.
Solo is primarily Han's backstory, of course, spanning from his youth on Corellia to his service in the Imperial Navy to his induction into Tobias Beckett's band of miscreants. A sequel could be fun, especially with Darth Maul confirmed as the figure behind the criminal organization Crimson Dawn, but failing to follow through on the promise of Lando's arc would be almost tragic.
While Lando's role is relatively brief in Solo, it perfectly illustrates the depth of the character and the breadth of his journeys. A young Lando charms audiences from the onset, as a cheater who has no allegiances, and as someone willing to sell his services to the highest bidder. He's important in helping Han to realize he's cut out for the life of a criminal, while representing a figure who can't be trusted. His screen time, sadly, is limited but it's pivotal to the film's big heist, to steal the superfuel -- coaxium -- Han owes Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany).
Afterward, when Han runs into enemies determined to steal their payload, Lando does what's expected: He looks out for himself and takes off in the Millennium Falcon, abandoning his cohorts in the process. The two meet up again at the end of Solo, only this time Han is wise to Lando's tricks at the sabacc table, and finally wins the Falcon. He and Chewbacca then head off for Tatooine to link up with a gang, presumably Jabba the Hutt's.