The great Billy Dee Williams is dusting off his cape for one last ride aboard the Millennium Falcon.
There’s just no keeping a true icon down is there?
Despite Donald Glover producing an outstanding performance as the young incarnation of Lando Calrissian in Ron Howard’s superb spin-off Solo: A Star Wars Story, there is just no replacing the originator of the character. Billy Dee Williams cemented an iconic status with the fans when he slipped into the glorious blue cape during the Empire Strikes Back and only cemented his legacy further during its successor Return of the Jedi. And now, it seems that history is about to repeat itself when J.J Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode IX arrives on our screens next Christmas.
Hot on the heels of a scoop from our friends at Fantha Tracks, THR is reporting that Billy Dee Williams will, in fact, reprise his iconic role as Lando in the conclusion to the sequel saga alongside Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver and John Boyega. The extent of his involvement has yet to be disclosed but this will undoubtedly appease the legions of fans who were divided following the release of Rian Johnson’s controversial sequel, The Last Jedi.
Further additions to the cast are expected to be announced in the coming months, the first of which is expected to be Keri Russell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes). According to our sources, Russell has entered into early contract negotiations with Lucasfilm for a role that will call for action-heavy fight sequences. Speculation has emerged suggesting the role may be that of Star Wars: Legends character Mara Jade, but take that with a very large pinch of salt until official word emerges from the offices at Lucasfilm.
Whether you liked, loved or loathed The Last Jedi, this will come as exciting news to us all. With Billy Dee Williams returning as Lando Calrissian and the potential for Mara Jade to make her long overdue cinematic debut, the Lucasfilm garden shows signs of recovery, and I for one cannot wait to see the outcome.
Until then, Ron Howard’s thrilling Star Wars ride is playing in cinemas everywhere now. Book your tickets now and make the Kessel Run with Han Solo and Chewbacca while you still can…
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