Actor Billy Dee Williams will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian in the new ‘Star Wars’ movie.
The original Lando Calrissian is coming back to the big screen. Multiple media are reporting that actor Billy Dee Williams will reprise his role as the iconic science fiction character in the upcoming ninth installment in J. J. Abrams’ ‘Star Wars’ revival.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, rumors of Williams, 81, return to the “Star Wars” franchise are seeps from under the fans for a while. However, things took a turn recently when the actor bowed out of a convention, citing a conflict with a film schedule. The outlet was able to confirm that the conflict was indeed the film’s yet-untitled “Star Wars” movie.
For those not familiar, Lando first appeared in the 1980 film “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” on Cloud City. Williams last portrayed him in “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi” in 1983, aside from doing voice work for the character in various video game and animation projects. However, the last time the character was on the big screen was recently if Donald Glover played a young version of Lando in the Ron Howard-directed “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”
Unfortunately for the fans, there is no word yet on exactly how Lando will appear in the upcoming movie or what role he will have. As fans will note, it is difficult to speculate on which side of the galactic conflict, he will be between the First Order and the Rebellion, as his character is not necessarily known for its strict observance of friendships or other loyalties.
He joins the likes of Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, as members of the original trilogy cast lending their talents to the new series. He will join new cast members Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, and Kelly Marie Tran.