Billy Dee Williams Returning as Lando for Star Wars: Episode IX

Lando Calrissian

Lando Calrissian

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.

Williams made his debut as the gambling scoundrel in Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, reprising in Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, and in countless other Star Wars shows like Star Wars Rebels and games like Star Wars: Jedi Knight II - Jedi Outcast.

According to THR, rumors about Williams joining the final chapter of the Skywalker saga picked up steam recently when he pulled out of a number of upcoming sci-fi convention appearances citing "movie schedule conflictions".

It's been an admittedly rough couple of weeks for the folks at Skywalker Ranch, what with reports claiming that Lucasfilm has put all standalone Star Wars movies on hold until further notice - likely due to the woeful box office performance of Solo, which limped to an underwhelming $83 million on its opening weekend and hasn't recovered since.


JJ Abrams will direct once again, having helmed 2015's The Force Awakens, handing the reigns to Rian Johnson for last year's The Last Jedi. They will join Star Wars regulars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver.

Star Wars: Episode IX is set to hit heaters on December 20, 2019.

But on the big screen it seemed like Williams would pass the mantle onto Donald Glover, who played the young version of the dashing gambler in this year's Han Solo-centric prequel, Solo: A Star Wars Story.

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