Billy Dee Williams to Reprise Role as Lando Calrissian in Episode IX

Lando Calrissian

Billy Dee Williams to Return as Lando Calrissian in ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’

Donald Glover portrayed a young Calrissian earlier this year in Solo: A Star Wars Story to much acclaim, marking the characters return to the big screen since Williams last donned the cape in Return of the Jedi.

For those unfamiliar, Lando appeared first in the 1980 movie "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" in Cloud City. He hasn't played the role on-screen since 1983's Return of the Jedi, but has since lent his voice to numerous cartoons and video games in the Star Wars universe.

Now, the big question remains as to whether Lando firmly with the forces of good or whether he's in line to be a First Order stooge.

Rumors have been swirling about Williams' return to the role for some time, but have only just been confirmed today. However, things took a turn recently when the actor bowed out of a convention citing a conflict with a movie schedule.

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Williams hasn't faced a seeded player yet, and she won't on Tuesday, either, instead facing 52nd-ranked Camila Giorgi of Italy. With the top 10 women having all been eliminated, No 11 Angela Kerber is the highest-seeded player left in the tournament.

Williams would add some legacy clout to "Star Wars 9", which doesn't have an official title yet.

If the report is true, then Episode IX - directed and written by J.J. Abrams and slated for a December 2019 release - is getting better all the time.

Episode IX will also star Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver, with Keri Russell one of the rumoured new additions to the cast. 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.

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