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Singer Janelle Monae recently came out as pansexual, which is defined as being sexually attracted to all sexes and gender identities. It was a major moment for the LGBTQ+ community to hear the term being used in mainstream media. Now, one of the world's most well-known movie franchises confirmed that one of its most beloved characters may identify in the same way, too — but not everyone is happy about the news. 

The "Star Wars" franchise is gearing up for its next installment, "Solo: A Star Wars Story."

The film focuses on young Han Solo and his pals Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian. Lando is played by "Atlanta" star Donald Glover.

Though sexuality isn't a main focus in the movie, its writers say one of the main characters is in fact pansexual.

The Huffington Post asked Lawrence and Jonathan Kasdan, the writers of "Solo," about the possibility of Lando being pansexual. “I would say yes,” Jonathan Kasdan said. 

“There’s a fluidity to Donald and Billy Dee’s [portrayal of Lando’s] sexuality,” Kasdan continued. “I mean, I would have loved to have gotten a more explicitly LGBT character into this movie. I think it’s time, certainly, for that, and I love the fluidity ― sort of the spectrum of sexuality that Donald appeals to and that droids are a part of.”

In the original franchise, the character was played by Billy Dee Williams.

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Fans were thrilled when Donald Glover was cast as the young version, but this latest news wasn't received as warmly.

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The news sparked a major debate between fans, especially over what it means for the LGBTQ+ community. 

For some, it was no surprise — especially since Lando's character appears fluid throughout the film.

Others criticized the writers' choice to identify the character, considering he doesn't present as openly queer.

Some fans are annoyed because instead of outwardly and openly presenting Lando as pansexual through the script, they mention it as an unofficial afterthought.

Of course, some fans are just pleased the movie includes any representation at all.

The film hits theaters on May 25, 2018 — so you can dissect Lando's character even further then.

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