Billy Dee Williams to Reprise Role as Lando Calrissian in Episode IX

Brenda Watkins
July 10, 2018

Williams first portrayed the suave space raconteur in 1980's Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, and made his final on-screen appearance as Calrissian in 1983's Return of the Jedi.

The man who originated the charismatic character almost four decades ago is reportedly headed back to that far away galaxy for Star Wars: Episode IX, the upcoming installment in the blockbuster franchise.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, rumors began to spread that Williams would join the production when the actor bowed out of an upcoming convention citing a filming conflict. Star Wars: Episode IX will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Abrams, Bad Robot, and Lucasfilm.

The latest film in the Star Wars franchise may have had Han Solo's name in the title, but it was the charming smuggler Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) who stole the show.

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

It's about time! Billy Dee Williams is poised to break out the capes as Lando Calrissian once again.

Hot on the heels of news that Keri Russell, yes, Felicity's Keri Russell, was cast in Star Wars: Episode IX, we get confirmation that the galaxy's original far far away player is due back in his fabulous blue coat.

Rumors suggesting Williams would be returning as Lando for Episode IX began circulating over the last couple months, kickstarted by the 81-year old actor revealing his new workout regiment and diet at MegaCon Orlando.

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