Star Wars fans might love Lando Calrissian for his suave, smooth-talking charisma, but the rogue Star Wars smuggler and gambler was supposed to have a very different backstory in the galaxy far, far away.
Digital Spy just recently discussed the origin of Lando Calrissian, and according to the entertainment news outlet, the fan-favorite smuggler was actually supposed to be a clone. The essentials would be the same – the original Lando was supposed to be an old friend of Han Solo and a slick, charming con man like James Bond.
The only difference was what was inside him. According to the entertainment news outlet, George Lucas wanted someone who could look human but wasn’t really human inside.
An example is Rudolph Valentino – someone who looks too good to be true. Lando wasn’t only supposed to be a clone of course. The character was supposed to come from the ruling classes in a world where there are a number of planets of clones living in 700 countries.
Not only that, but Lando’s ruling class was supposed to be responsible for the Clone Wars.
Of course, this version of the Clone Wars would be much different from the one that we all know. In earlier versions of the Clone Wars, certain clones had some involvement in the beginning of War. George Lucas's plan was to establish Lando as a clone and then have him come across his clan in a later Star Wars movie.
In the end, however, Lucas decided to scrap all of those ideas, turning Lando into a simple con-man, the one that everyone knows and loves.
Lando appears in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker which is available for streaming on Disney+.