Should Lando Calrissian return in the Skywalker saga, Solo: A Star Wars Story's Donald Glover doesn't believe he would want the Millennium Falcon back. Before Han Solo became the legendary ship's captain, the freighter belonged to Lando, who modified it into his personal party vessel of luxury. Unfortunately for him, he lost the Falcon to Han in a game of sabacc, and Solo maintained ownership of it for a number of years. After Return of the Jedi, the Falcon bounced around as it was stolen by various parties, but Han triumphantly reclaimed it until his death.
The sequel trilogy has curiously made no mention of Lando's whereabouts two films in, though some fans are hopeful Calrissian will make a comeback for next year's Episode IX. In the event that does transpire, viewers shouldn't expect him to become the Falcon's pilot again - at least in Glover's mind.
In an interview with CinemaBlend, the actor was asked about this very possibility, and while he feels it would make for a cool moment, he feels Lando has bigger fish to fry:
I think that might be sweet. I know now that Han's gone, it might be kind of nice and sentimental in a good way to see that coming back. I feel like Lando might give it to somebody else. You know? To be like, 'It's not mine anymore.' He has a city he probably has to run.
There's no denying it would be fun to see Lando be reunited with his old ship, but ownership of the Falcon may not be his call to make. The book Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know, Updated and Expanded (published as part of the Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi line) considers Chewbacca the Falcon's current commander, which makes sense considering he was Han's co-pilot for decades. An argument can be made that Rey (with her excellent piloting skills) more or less inherited it after The Force Awakens, when she became fast friends with Chewie. It would most likely be up to them if the Falcon is passed on to someone else. Given the ship's sentimental value, they may not be so quick to part with it.
Of course, this matter will more than likely go down as a moot point. Lando seems to have no place in the sequel trilogy's narrative, and there's been nothing to suggest Billy Dee Williams is about to reprise the role in Star Wars 9. The film is instead looking to add new characters, such as a mid-40s or 50-year old woman who could be an older mentor figure to the younger heroes. The Millennium Falcon will grace the big screen one more time (for the last time?) in December 2019, but it'll be sticking with Rey and Chewbacca.
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019