Friday, March 8, 2013

Lobot and Nien Nunb to be featured their own Star Wars spinoff: The Men Who Love Lando

Amid all the latest Star Wars movie rumors this is the most promising.  Details are sketchy but sources at Disney have announced yet another Star Wars spinoff movie.  It will feature former Chief Administration Aide to Cloud City Lobot (John Hollis) and Sullustan smuggler turned rebel alliance Millennium Falcon copilot Nien Nunb (Kipsang Rotich).  Both men were Lando Calrissian’s (Billy Dee Williams) go to guys in their respective movies. 

Lobot illegally downloading music on his earPod.

Lobot assisted Calrissian in the day to day operations of Cloud City.  His brain was connected to the city's central computer which allowed him to communicate directly with the city's network.  In Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strike Back.  Lobot was instrumental in Calrissian’s plan to rescue Princess Leia, Chewbacca, and C3PO from the Empire. 

Nien Nunb right after a fresh haircut.

In Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Nien Nunb was chosen specifically by Lando Calrissian to co-pilot the Millennium Falcon during the Battle of Endor.  Nunb single handedly saved the rebel fleet when he warned Calrissian that the Death Star deflector shield was still operational just before the rebel fleet approached for its final assault.

Disney has not revealed much about the plot but one can gather from the title that the story will focus on Lobot and Nien Nunb’s bond over their shared love of Lando Calrissian.  One possible rumor is that the two will adventure on a journey similar to 2005’s cowboy romance Brokeback Mountain. Other opinions believe it will more reflect the 1942 classic Casablanca with Lobot featured as the Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) character and Nien Nunb portraying a part similar to Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid).  That would place Calrissian as the Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) of the story. However the tale unfolds Star War fans have another release date to pin in their calendar.

A poster for George Lucas' Casablanca: Special Edition.  In this version Major Heinrich Strasser (Conrad Veidt) shoots at Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) a millisecond before Rick gets to shoot him. Lucas also digitally replaces Louie (Claude Rains) with Hayden Christiensen.

Written by
Joseph Ammendolea
“I Like To Play With Toys” Productions®