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Billy Dee Williams Confirmed To Return For 'Star Wars: Episode IX'

Billy Dee Williams Confirmed To Return For 'Star Wars: Episode IX'

Star Wars 9 is about to get another dose of the Original Trilogy as everyone's favourite cape-wearing betrayer, Lando Calrissian, is back for the first time on-screen in over 35 years since 1983's Return of the Jedi. With many actors from the original Star Wars franchise reprising their role in the new movies, there have been rumors and speculations on fan sites about Williams' return.

Williams apparently backed out of attending a sci-fi/pop culture convention due to a filming conflict, igniting rumors that he's going to be part of the next Star Wars installment.

Williams hasn't played Lando on film since 1983′s "Return of the Jedi", and the character hadn't appeared in 2015′s "Episode VII" or 2017′s "Episode VIII".




Calrissian was introduced in The Empire Strikes Back, as the Baron-Administrator of the Bespin's Cloud City and old friend of Han Solo, to whom he offers refuge from the pursuing Darth Vader. He even voiced the character in various Robot Chicken and Family Guy episodes dedicated exclusively to Star Wars as well as The LEGO Movie. This past May, Donald Glover assumed the role for Solo: A Star Wars Story. It releases on December 20th, 2019.

JJ Abrams will direct once again, having helmed 2015's The Force Awakens, handing the reigns to Rian Johnson for last year's The Last Jedi. Last week, Keri Russell, a frequent Abrams collaborator also joined the cast in an undisclosed role.


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