According to director Rian Johnson, Lando Calrissian almost made an appearance in Star Wars: The Last Jedi - but his potential role was taken by an entirely new character instead.
“Of course I’d love to see Lando,” Johnson told The Playlist. “In terms of Lando, I briefly considered — would he work in the Benicio [del Toro] part, [DJ].”
“I don’t think you would ever buy that Lando would just completely betray the characters like that and have that level of moral ambiguity,” Johnson continued. “Cause we love Lando and you’d come into it with that [expectation]. And also, DJ, the character that they met, for the purposes of Finn’s character, had to be a morally ambiguous character that you’re not sure about, that you’re guessing about, and we already know that we love the character of Lando so it just wouldn’t have played in that part story wise.”
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now in theaters.