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Billy Dee Williams Reprising Lando Calrissian Role for Star Wars: Episode IX

Another one of those long-rumored Star Wars things bouncing around the internet this year was the possibility of Mr. Billy Dee Williams returning to that smooth-talkin' Baron of Cloud City, Lando Calrissian. It would appear that rumor is correct, at least according to a source.

Billy Dee Williams Reprising Lando Calrissian Role for Star Wars: Episode IX

Billy Dee Williams in 2013
August 31, 2013: Billy Dee Williams at the annual DragonCon parade held in Atlanta. Credit: JKirkconnell /

The Hollywood Reporter says that their source confirmed to them that Williams will indeed be returning to the Cosmic Conflict galaxy in some context, perhaps slipping back into one of those suave AF space capes for Star Wars: Episode IX.

Lando was most recently portrayed in the franchise by Donald Glover, who brought a new side to the character (and a Falcon closet FULL of fashion).

This news comes hot on the heels of the announcement that The Americans star Keri Russell was also joining the franchise, in a yet undisclosed role.

J.J. Abrams will be directing what is being called the final chapter in the Skywalker family saga for Disney and Lucasfilm, returning to the franchise after having helmed Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Episode IX is scheduled to hyperjump into theaters on December 20th, 2019.

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Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool. 

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

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