Star Wars: Episode IX, the conclusion to the most recent Star Wars trilogy, is set to premiere December 2019, with The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams returning at the helm. And now, The Hollywood Reporter writes that actor Billy Dee Williams will reprise his iconic role as space scoundrel Lando Calrissian.
Williams first played Lando in The Empire Strikes Back and reprised the role in Return of the Jedi. The character has also appeared in the animated series Star Wars Rebels (voiced by Williams), and the live-action anthology movie Solo: A Star Wars Story, which features a young Lando played by Donald Glover. But Lando has been mysteriously absent in the sequel trilogy this far — and after all this time, fans are thrilled by the news of his return.
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Variety recently reported another major casting surprise: Keri Russell may be joining the cast of Episode IX. Russell previously worked with J.J. Abrams on Felicity and Mission: Impossible III. It's not known yet what role she will play, but based on her performances in The Americans, Mission: Impossible III, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Russell clearly knows her way around a fight scene.
This deal is getting better all the time: catch the return of this far away galaxy in theaters on December 20th, 2019.
Featured still from "Return of the Jedi" via Lucasfilm