Billy Dee Williams, the actor who famously played the galactic gambler Lando Calrissian, will reprise his iconic role for Star Wars: Episode IX, the next installment in the Star Wars Franchise from Lucasfilm.
Chatter about Williams joining the production, which is set to begin later this summer, increased in recent days when the actor bowed out of an upcoming science-fiction convention citing a conflict with a movie schedule. As first reported and confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter, the actor will indeed be returning to the Star Wars film franchise for the first time since 1983’s Return of the Jedi. The Lando Calrissian character made his suave debut in 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back.
Star Wars: Episode IX is being directed by J.J. Abrams and will reunite new-generation franchise stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Adam Driver, among others. The film is set to release worldwide on December 20, 2019.
-Nerd Nation Staff