Fanboys rejoice: Billy Dee Williams is officially returning to Star Wars

Fanboys rejoice: Billy Dee Williams is officially returning to Star Wars

The Hollywood Reporter, among other news outlets, is reporting that Billy Dee Williams will be returning to the Star Wars films as everyone's favorite cape-wearing space pirate, Lando Calrissian, in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX.

According to Rolling Stone, rumors of Williams playing Lando again started spreading last month when he canceled an appearance at a fan convention in September due to a "film schedule conflict".

What's not to like about Billy Dee Williams and his Star Wars character Lando Calrissian?

Williams's most recent film was 2017's The Lego Batman Movie, where he voiced Harvey Dent, the lawyer who becomes supervillain Two-Face - a character he had previously played in Tim Burton's live-action Batman (1989). After all, with Han Solo gone, Luke Skywalker vanished and presumably now a Force Ghost and Carrie Fisher tragically passing away before production commenced, there's been a loud call for an Original Trilogy hero to make a comeback.

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"My dad, he really grew me up on (Star Wars), so like this is an apex of a lot of feelings, so it's great".

It's wonderful to think we last saw Williams onscreen as Lando in Return Of The Jedi, the actor reprising his portrayal from 1980's The Empire Strikes Back. Abrams, is scheduled to hit theaters on December 20th, 2019.

Aside from Williams, it was also revealed recently that Keri Russell was joining the cast too, alongside returnees such as Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac.

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