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Billy Dee Williams Returning as Lando Calrissian in Star Wars: Episode IX

10 July 2018

Williams first made his debut as the suave galactic gambler who went on to become an administrator of Cloud City in 1980's Empire Strikes Back.

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed the galaxy's smoothest swindler will be returning for Star Wars: Episode IX as Billy Dee Williams is confirmed to reprise his role in the final installment of the sequel trilogy.

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.

More recently, Williams has actually voiced the character for Star Wars: Rebels. They will join Star Wars regulars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver. Following Colin Trevorrow's exit over creative differences, Abrams - who directed The Force Awakens - was asked to return to direct Episode IX. The as-yet-untitled film marks the conclusion of the third trilogy of Star Wars film that began in 2015 with The Force Awakens and continued previous year with The Last Jedi.

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J.J. Abrams also co-wrote the script with Chris Terrio (Justice League, Argo).

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.

Episode IX is now set to debut December 20, 2019.

Billy Dee Williams Returning as Lando Calrissian in Star Wars: Episode IX