Billy Dee Williams Set To Return To ‘Star Wars’ As Lando Calrissian

Billy Dee Williams Set To Return To ‘Star Wars’ As Lando Calrissian

Billy Dee Williams, who originated the role in Empire Strikes Back, is set to don the cape as Lando in the forthcoming installment of the Disney/Lucasfilm franchise.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 81-year-old actor has signed on to reprise his role on screen for Star Wars: Episode IX.

This won't be Williams' first return to the character, post-Return of The Jedi: he's voiced Lando in a slew of Star Wars video games over the years (most recently EA's Battlefront II), as well as in two LEGO Star Wars shows and Star Wars: Rebels.

Given the tragic death of Carrie Fisher after The Last Jedi, and the fact that Episode IX was supposed to focus on her character General Leia Organa, we would be entirely without original trilogy characters if Lando didn't return.


Of course, chatter about Williams' ties to Episode IX had been buzzing about the galaxy far, far away for quite some time before the actor ever retracted responsibilities at an event.

All bets are off: Billy Dee Williams is returning to Star Wars.

J.J. Abrams also co-wrote the script with Chris Terrio (Justice League, Argo). Production on the project is scheduled to begin at the end of the month.

It looks like the smooth space-age swag of Lando Calrissian is returning to help the Rebellion (or maybe the First Order?) in Star Wars: Episode IX. Previously set for a May 24, 2019 release date, the film will now arrive on December 20, 2019.

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