The original Lando Calrissian is reportedly coming back to 'Star Wars'

The original Lando Calrissian is reportedly coming back to 'Star Wars'

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.

Donald Glover did a fantastic interpretation of Billy Dee Williams, who gave the role such a unique swagger back in the day, which is why it makes us so very happy to announce that Williams will be returning to the role for the now untitled Episode IX.

A smuggler and gambler too, he is the original owner of the starship the Millennium Falcon before losing it in a game to Han, as revealed in "Solo", wherein Donald Glover played Lando. A Tweet from the convention's official Twitter account about William's training regimen and new diet drew comparison to work the late Carrie Fisher had done prior to reprising the role of Leia Organa in 2015's The Force Awakens.

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Rumors regarding Williams' return began to swirl recently after the actor had to cancel an appearance at the Saskatchewan Entertainment Expo due to a film schedule conflict.

The film, directed by J.J. Abrams, is set for release December 20, 2019, with filming expected to start soon.

While there are many Lando Calrissian stories that are now non-canon (a.k.a. have the designation "Star Wars Legends"), the character has been a key part of the universe for years. Keri Russell, who worked with Abrams on "Felicity" and "Mission: Impossible III", is also reportedly expected to have a role.

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