“I’m getting older.
I’m getting married.
I have a family.
I don’t want to leave.
I want to be there for them when they need me.”
That was the story of one of the most iconic characters in Star Wars history, Lando Calrissian, in a 2016 Vanity Fair profile.
Calriskian is the son of Princess Leia and Grand Moff Tarkin.
He’s also the main protagonist of the Star Wars films, but since his character’s death in The Force Awakens, fans have been clamoring for his return.
When it comes to what Star Wars means to Calriscian, it’s easy to understand why fans would want to see him back.
But what if there was no Calrissa in Star War: Episode VII?
As Star Wars fans, we’re familiar with the emotional journey that Calrssian undergoes as he tries to figure out who his father is.
Calrinis father, Count Dooku, has been the villain of all of Star Wars lore since Return of the Jedi, and he’s the only known example of a Jedi.
Even though his character has been around for nearly four decades, the series has rarely explored his father, leaving Calristerian’s story as the only source of backstory in the franchise.
In Star Wars: Episode VIII, Calrisson’s storyline is told through the eyes of a young boy named Luke Skywalker, who has grown up in a world that has been ravaged by the Dark Side since the beginning of the original Star Wars trilogy.
While Calrisonians story takes place in a galaxy far, far away, the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Emissary” introduced us to a young Luke Skywalker who was raised in a very different time and culture.
Though it’s been nearly a decade since the series began, Calrinistians son Luke still struggles with his identity.
“I think I still feel like a child, but I’m also the same kid that everyone says I am,” Calrsson said in his Vanity Fair interview.
It’s unclear whether Star Wars Episode VIII will feature Calristani or not.
The only other Star Wars film to have had a major character of any kind from its prequel trilogy, Return of The Jedi, is Episode VIII.
But the film’s director, J.J. Abrams, has said he has no plans to introduce Calrson as a character.
“[In] Episode VIII we have the possibility of introducing him in a way that is a little bit more subtle,” Abrams told Entertainment Weekly in 2015.
“We’ve got some things we have to do that we don’t necessarily want to, but we also don’t have to, so I think that’s part of the fun of doing it in that way.
I can’t say more about that because I think it’s too risky.
We just don’t know.
It could just be a coincidence.”
In the meantime, fans can look forward to seeing Calrisi’s story continue in the upcoming Star Wars Rebels movie.
Star Wars: Rebels: The Last Hope hits theaters in November.