Through the two main saga Star Wars films made by Disney since their purchase of Lucasfilm, a number of the old guard heroes from the original trilogy have appeared and perished in many cases. There is still one of the bigger original heroes yet to return, and he’s about to make that return.
After Donald Glover brought a younger version to the big screen in Solo: A Star Wars Story, Billy Dee Williams is officially returning to a galaxy far far away to reprise his role of Lando Calrissian for the J.J. Abrams-directed Star Wars: Episode IX, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Rumors had begun to rise as of late that Williams was returning, based upon images on social media related to him doing a new training regimen as well as his backing out of a convention that was said to cause a conflict with movie filming.
Williams played Lando in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back where he first betrayed the heroes before helping them and then as an ally and general in the Rebel Alliance for Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. This was not the last time that he played the character though, as while Glover played a younger film Lando it was Williams that provided the voice for the suave former Millennium Falcon owner when he showed up in an episode of Star Wars Rebels a few years ago alongside adding his voice to various video games featuring the character.
How the caped hero will factor into the film is unknown currently, but he brings a veteran presence to the film now that Harrison Ford & Mark Hamill are (as far as we know) finished with the trilogy and Carrie Fischer passed away.
Starring Daisey Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver and others (including possibly former Abrams collaborator Keri Russell), Star Wars: Episode IX arrives on December 20, 2019.