What’s Going on with Lando Calrissian?
In a new interview with Cinelinx “Star Wars” actor Billy Dee Williams, famous for playing Lando Calrissian in the “Star Wars” Original Trilogy, pretty much confirms he’ll be back for further “Star Wars” episodes. While it’s unlikely we’ll be seeing Lando Calrissian in “Star Wars: Episode 7 The Force Awakens” (though a surprise cameo would be a pretty J.J. Abrams move), a role for Lando Calrissian in the Rian Johnson “Star Wars: Episode 8” and/or “Star Wars: Episode 9” seems like a likely proposition.
Lando Calrissian in Star Wars Rebels
While the main focus of the interview with Billy Dee Williams is on his appearances in “Star Wars Rebels” (Yep! Lando Calrissian will return to “Star Wars Rebels.”), how could Jordan Maison possibly resist the opportunity to ask Billy Dee Williams about “Star Wars: Episode 7 The Force Awakens”?
When put on the spot about a possible Lando Calrissian appearance in future “Star Wars” movies Billy Dee Williams had such a powerful internal debate as to how much he can reveal that it clearly comes through in the interview transcript: “But I uh…I may very well…I have a feeling I’m going to show up.”
Lando Calrissian Returns to Star Wars: It Just Makes Sense
Williams later suggested that it was more a matter of logic that Lando would make another “Star Wars” appearance, stating “People think of me as the original cast, but I didn’t come in until the second movie [Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back]. I did Empire and then I did Return of the Jedi, but I came in after everyone else was introduced… so I think they’re probably proceeding in that way. I can’t imagine them not bringing Lando back. But we’ll see, I don’t know.”
This sounds like a great supposition on Williams’ part. “Star Wars: Episode 8” and “Star Wars: Episode 9” are still in the early stages.
But it seems possible that Billy Dee Williams has already been contacted by Disney. Whether for “Star Wars: Episode 7 The Force Awakens” or an upcoming “Star Wars” sequel is unknown. All Williams could say was: “There’s nothing I can really discuss about it at this stage.”
While this interview with Cinelinx doesn’t represent proof that we’ll be seeing Lando Calrissian in a “Star Wars: Episode 7 The Force Awakens” sequel, it’s the best confirmation yet that the new Disney “Star Wars” movies haven’t forgotten about Lando Calrissian.
“Star Wars: Episode 7 The Force Awakens” comes out on Dec. 18. We’ll have to wait until 2017 to catch Lando Calrissian in “Star Wars: Episode 8.”