Billy Dee Williams Will Play Lando Again

Star Wars fans who have flocked to the new trilogy because they're hungry for nostalgia have been missing one precious piece of the old-school puzzle. Even though most of the original trilogy's main characters have returned in the newest movies, we've yet to get a glimpse of Lando Calrissian (excluding, of course, Donald Glover's portrayal of young Lando in Solo: A Star Wars Story). That's all about to change. Read on for retails.

Via The Hollywood Reporter.

Billy Dee Williams is returning to a galaxy far, far away.

The actor, who famously played the galactic gambler Lando Calrissian, will reprise the role for Star Wars: Episode IX, the next Star Wars installment from Lucasfilm.

Chatter about Williams joining the production, which is set to begin later this summer, increased in recent days when the actor bowed out of an upcoming sci-fi and pop culture convention citing a conflict with a movie schedule. Sources confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that Williams will indeed be returning to the Star Wars film franchise for the first time since 1983’s Return of the Jedi. The Lando Calrissian character made his suave debut in 1980's Empire Strikes Back.

Williams has in recent years returned to the role that fuels his appearances on the convention circuit, voicing Calrissian in various cartoon series and video games.

The character is one of the more popular personages in the Star Wars universe and appeared in a major way in this year’s Solo: A Star Wars Story. Donald Glover slipped on the cape to play a younger Calrissian.

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