Star Wars Episode IX - Billy Dee Williams to return as Lando

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Billy Dee Williams is joining the cast of Star Wars: Episode IX according to reports on The Hollywood Reporter, reprising his role of Lando Calrissian owner of the Millennium Falcon before Han Solo got his hands on it during that game of Sabacc.

Williams last played Calrissian in live action in the 1983 Return of the Jedi, but he has since voiced the character in animated form for both video games and most recently, Star Wars: Rebels.

Lando was also a central character in this year's Solo: A Star Wars Story where he was there played by Donald Glover.

Williams follows rumours earlier this week that Keri Russell was joining the film in an unknown role.

Star Wars: Episode IX will star Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Adam Driver and Kelly Marie Tran. It will be directed by J J Abrams based on a story by Abrams and Chris Terrio. It is due to hit UK cinemas on 20th December 2019.

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Last updated: 18/07/2018 12:13:10

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Star Wars is a science fiction film series created by George Lucas. It debuted in 1977 and the first film was quickly retitled to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. It was followed by two sequels - The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983. A trilogy of prequel films were launched in 1999 with The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. In 2015 Star Wars returned to the screens for a new trilogy under the control of Disney with The Force Awakens directed by J J Abrams.

A series of spin-offs were launched in 2016 with Gareth Edwards' Rogue One and 2017 will see the second film in the new trilogy, Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi.

Another spin-off will be released in 2018 - Solo - which tells the story of Han Solo before the original Star Wars film and 2019 will round off the third trilogy with the untitled Episode IX.

A fourth trilogy of films has been announced for release after 2020 which will be overseen by Rian Johnson and they will feature entirely new characters and an entirely separate story.

In addition, there are the TV series The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels and a new as yet untitled live action series due to debut some time after 2020.

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