Concept designer Matthew Savage reveals a piece of Star Wars concept art of Lando Calrissian’s cut crossbow gauntlet from The Rise of Skywalker. Billy Dee Williams reprised the role of the scoundrel-turned-baron-turned Rebel Alliance general in the third and final film of the sequel trilogy in 2019. Williams shared the screen with Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels and Joonas Suotamo.
After being absent for the first two films of the sequel trilogy, the lovable rogue made his return at the close of the Skywalker saga. On the trail of a Sith assassin, Ochi of Bestoon, Rey, Finn, Poe, C-3PO, and Chewbacca are rescued from First Order forces by a masked figure, revealed later to be Lando. The veteran Rebel reveals he once pursued Ochi with Luke Skywalker, giving the heroes Ochi’s last know location. Though Lando’s role in The Rise of Skywalker was brief, the scoundrel will return in his own Disney+ series, though it is unknown whether Williams or Donald Glover, who played Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story, will portray him. While Calrissian’s future is a mystery, artist Savage has revealed a hidden idea conceived for the character’s arsenal.
Shared on his personal Instagram account, senior concept designer Savage shared two images showcasing the rebel hero’s cut Rise of Skywalker weapon. The first image showed off an overview of the crimson gauntlet, featuring sketches of various angles, while the second image gave fans a closer look, highlighting the smaller technological and worn details. Savage commented that he had been inspired by weapons such as The Mandalorian‘s “Whistling Birds” gauntlets, as well as the Hidden Blade seen in the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Check out Savage’s original post below.
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Lando’s gear isn’t the only aspect of the character that the film omitted, as the Rise of Skywalker novelization hinted at a cut subplot further exploring his whereabouts during the nearly-three decades between the original and sequel trilogies. The novelization states that while he aided Luke in finding lost Sith secrets, Lando suffered a crushing blow by the follower’s of the Dark side when his child is abducted. While the final cut of the film omitted these details, the upcoming novel Shadow of the Sith by Ada Christopher promises to explore Lando and Luke’s journey.
Though cut from the final film in the saga, Lando’s hidden bow is a weapon that fits Star Wars perfectly. Not only does it work with Lando’s low-key nature on Passana, but could perhaps be characterized in the saga as a weapon of Mandalorian design, nodding back to Savage’s inspirations. With Lando set to return in the future on-screen, this concept could perhaps be recycled there, giving the idea new life.
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