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Our friends over at Fantha Tracks posted something rather exciting this morning. According to them, Billy Dee Williams is set to reprise his role as Lando Calrissian in Star Wars Episode IX! This makes complete sense to me after the death of both Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, and with Carrie Fisher unfortunately passing away Lando is really all that is left from the original cast. (Granted Chewie and the droids are still around, but you get what I mean.)
Lando is a pretty big character right now in the Star Wars universe after his highly-praised appearance in Solo: A Star Wars Story. I think it makes complete sense to have Lando back in the mix after his absence from the sequel trilogy thus far. I love The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, but I can’t help but feel that Lando was really shafted for those two films so this news gives me a huge smile.
Billy Dee Williams has expressed interested in returning to the Star Wars universe various times over the past several years since Disney bought Lucasfilm. Hopefully the Fantha Tracks rumor comes to light and this does happen. I’d imagine we’ll be getting an official announcement sometime this summer if so.