Billy Dee Williams Set To Return To ‘Star Wars’ As Lando Calrissian

BREAKING Billy Dee Williams Returning as Lando for Star Wars Episode IX

Per THR's sources, Williams will indeed be returning to the Star Wars universe for the first time since 1983's Return of the Jedi.

Williams made his debut as the gambling scoundrel in Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, reprising in Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, and in countless other Star Wars shows like Star Wars Rebels and games like Star Wars: Jedi Knight II - Jedi Outcast. Those rumors only gained speed when Williams bowed out of an upcoming sci-fi and pop culture convention later this summer, citing a "conflict with a movie schedule".

Rumors suggesting Williams would be returning as Lando for Episode IX began circulating over the last couple months, kickstarted by the 81-year old actor revealing his new workout regiment and diet at MegaCon Orlando. What's more, the Star Wars saga finds itself short on the original generation after the events of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi and Carrie Fisher's untimely death. Abrams, is scheduled to hit theaters on December 20th, 2019. Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac are all expected to return.

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JJ Abrams returns to direct Star Wars: Episode IX from a script he has co-written with Batman v Superman writer Chris Terrio.

Donald Glover recently took on the younger version of the role in the latest franchise spin-off Solo: A Star Wars Story.

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