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The original smooth-talking smuggler, Lando Calrissian, returns in the Star Wars Rebels episode “Idiot’s Array.” In this special behind-the-scenes video, the creators of Star Wars Rebels, and Lando himself – Billy Dee Williams – discuss bringing the fan-favorite character back to a galaxy far, far away.
THE DARK TIMES
At the popular Lothal cantina, Old Jho's, Lando Calrissian engaged in a high-stakes game of sabacc with Zeb Orrelios of the Ghost crew. The hot-headed Lasat, confident in his hand, bet his rebel crew's droid, Chopper. Lando, however, had an Idiot's Array, shocking Zeb. "Name's Calrissian. Lando Calrissian," he said. "Now introduce me to my new droid."
While Lando had rightfully won the astromech, he agreed to return Chopper -- and pay extra -- for passage past Lothal's Imperial blockade to a secret meeting. The rebels agreed, though they were dubious of their new companion. Sure enough, when the group rendezvoused with crime lord Azmorigan, Lando offered up Hera, captain of the Ghost, in exchange for a mysterious package containing, of all things, a puffer pig. The crew was furious, but the smooth-talking smuggler claimed that he had hinted to Hera that she could escape via a pod. The Twi'lek eventually did, though she thanked Calrissian with a swift punch to the gut upon reconnecting with the Ghost.
Finally, the team took Lando back to his Lothal property. He explained that a puffer pig can detect more precious minerals than a dozen mining scanners, making it quite valuable. But before he could settle with the rebels, Azmorigan and his henchmen emerged. The gangster wanted revenge on Calrissian, and the two sides battled fiercely. Hera gained the upper hand on Azmorigan, and demanded he leave -- or die. The crime lord agreed, and with the ordeal over, Lando returned Chopper to the team. "'Til we meet again," he said, as they blasted off.
GALACTIC CIVIL WAR
Lando Calrissian spent a happily misspent youth as a smuggler and gambler, traveling the galaxy in his starship, the Millennium Falcon -- which he lost to his friend Han Solo in a sabacc game that may or may not have been fair. After his smuggling days Lando turned respectable, becoming administrator of Cloud City, a Tibanna gas installation in the atmosphere of the planet Bespin. But Lando hadn’t gone entirely legitimate -- Cloud City was a small operation whose backers preferred to avoid the attention of the Empire. Lando’s days as a businessman came to an end when Darth Vader arrived, accompanied by stormtroopers and Boba Fett. Vader was hunting Han and the crew of the Falcon, and told Lando they’d soon arrive on Cloud City. He offered Lando a bleak choice: set a trap for his old friend or face the Empire’s wrath. Lando welcomed Han when he arrived and agreed to help repair the Falcon’s hyperdrive – but then turned him and his companions over to Vader. After Vader repeatedly reneged on their deal, though, Lando had had enough, and decided to switch sides. He rescued Princess Leia and Chewbacca from the Empire and tried to save Han from Fett’s clutches. The bounty hunter got away with his prize, but Lando helped the others reach safety with the rebel fleet and joined Chewbacca in the search for Solo.
Flying with Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian discovered that Boba Fett had taken Han Solo to Jabba the Hutt’s palace on Tatooine. Posing as a thug for hire, Lando infiltrated the palace. He watched anxiously as the droids, Princess Leia, Chewbacca and Luke Skywalker arrived and were taken into custody, but knew it wasn’t time to reveal himself. Still in disguise, Lando accompanied Jabba’s sail barge to the Great Pit of Carkoon for the rebels’ execution. On Luke’s signal, he joined the fight to free their friends and bring Jabba’s criminal career to an end. Having kept his promise to save Han, Lando then remained in the rebel ranks, serving as a general in the starfighter attack on the second Death Star. Han lent Lando the Millennium Falcon for this dangerous mission, and Lando showed off his superb piloting skills, guiding the freighter into the Death Star superstructure and reaching the main reactor. He fired proton torpedos into the reactor and raced out of the battle station’s innards just before it exploded, breaking the Empire’s stranglehold on the galaxy.
Suspended high among the pastel clouds of Bespin is a floating metropolis of sophisticated beauty and political freedom. Cloud City exists not only as a mining colony, extracting valuable Tibanna gas from the depths of the giant planet, but also as a sanctuary for those trying to escape the turmoil gripping the galaxy. Though profitable, Cloud City is small enough not to be noticed by larger authorities such as the Mining Guild. It prospered under the capable stewardship of Baron-Administrator Lando Calrissian. Calrissian, assisted by his aide Lobot, contended with self-sufficiency issues and labor difficulties throughout his brief term.
Smuggler. Scoundrel. Hero. Han Solo, captain of the Millennium Falcon, was one of the great leaders of the Rebel Alliance. He and his co-pilot Chewbacca came to believe in the cause of galactic freedom, joining Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia Organa in the fight against the Empire. But after the Battle of Endor, Han would face difficult times in a galaxy plagued by chaos and uncertainty.
Despite her humble origins and shabby exterior, the Millennium Falcon has played a role in some of the greatest victories of the Rebel Alliance and the New Republic. The Falcon looks like a worn-out junker, but beneath her hull she’s full of surprises. A succession of owners, from Lando Calrissian and Han Solo to Gannis Ducain, have made special modifications that boosted the freighter’s speed, shielding and firepower to impressive – and downright illegal – levels. The price of such tinkering? The Falcon can be unpredictable, with her hyperdrive particularly balky. Despite her flaws, she’s beloved by her owners – Han Solo and Chewbacca have spent years searching the galaxy for the ship they once called home.
A jowled, mouse-eyed native of Sullust, Nien Nunb was an arms dealer and smuggler who piloted the Mellcrawler. After the Battle of Yavin, he helped Princess Leia smuggle an enclave of Alderaanian survivors off Sullust and then assisted the princess during the diversionary mission known as Operation Yellow Moon. Later, Nunb served Lando Calrissian’s co-pilot aboard the Millennium Falcon during the Battle of Endor. He spoke the liquid, chattering tongue of the Sullustans.
Princess Leia Organa was one of the Rebel Alliance’s greatest leaders, fearless on the battlefield and dedicated to ending the tyranny of the Empire. Daughter of Padmé Amidala and Anakin Skywalker, sister of Luke Skywalker, and with a soft spot for scoundrels, Leia ranks among the galaxy’s great heroes. But life under the New Republic has not been easy for Leia. Sidelined by a new generation of political leaders, she struck out on her own to oppose the First Order as founder of the Resistance. These setbacks in her political career have been accompanied by more personal losses.