Monday, 24 September, 2018

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

Lando Calrissian Billy Dee Williams to Return as Lando Calrissian in ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’
Freda Brock | 10 July, 2018, 16:12

Lucasfilm dropped a Millennium Falcon-sized bombshell on Monday when it announced that Billy Dee Williams is set to reprise his role as the cape-rocking, smooth-talking, gonna-risk-it-all gambler Lando Calrissian in Star Wars: Episode IX.

While there are many Lando Calrissian stories that are now non-canon (a.k.a. have the designation "Star Wars Legends"), the character has been a key part of the universe for years.

The 81-year-old is set to return to the character he made famous in 1980's The Empire Strikes Back and 1983's Return Of The Jedi.

Chatter about Williams joining the production, which begins 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.

George Clooney injured in traffic accident in Italy
HOLLYWOOD actor George Clooney has reportedly been injured in a auto accident where his scooter collided with a pick-up truck. George and Amal were seen arrive in the island on a private jet at the end of June with their twins Alexander and Ella.

Lando returned to the big screen last spring in the prequel film "Solo: A Star Wars Story", in which the younger version of the character was portrayed by Donald Glover.

He's also lent his iconic voice to the character in numerous animated film and TV projects, as well as several Star Wars video games.

Last week The Americans star Keri Russel became the latest newcomer to the franchise, as it was reported she is in talks to secure an as-yet-unspecified role.

Star Wars: Episode IX, which is helmed by The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams, is set to rocket into theaters December 20, 2019.

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