The man in the cape is back. Every major news outlet is reporting that Billy Dee Williams will return to the role of Lando Calrissian in Star Wars: Episode IX. Check out the news below from The Hollywood Reporter.
The Hollywood Reporter: "Billy Dee Williams is returning to a galaxy far, far away.
The actor, who famously played the galactic gambler Lando Calrissian, will reprise the role for Star Wars: Episode IX, the next Star Wars installment 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 sci-fi and pop culture convention citing a conflict with a movie schedule. Sources confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that Williams 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 in1980's Empire Strikes Back". Read the full story HERE.
AFJ's Take: We are thrilled that Williams has decided to return to his iconic role. We remember hearing a few stories that he had turned down a role in the Force Awakens, so this does come as a surprise. His age was one of the reasons he cited for not returning. This will be interesting to see how JJ Abrams and crew bring Lando into the fold. Where has he been? What has he been doing? What side will Lando take? Hopefully, we will get an official word on the casting from Lucasfilm and or Disney. #AFJ4LIFE
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