Billy Dee Williams Set To Return To ‘Star Wars’ As Lando Calrissian

Reports have begun to trickle in about exactly which characters and actors to expect in J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode IX, with some reports proving firmer than others.

The latest film in the Star Wars franchise may have had Han Solo's name in the title, but it was the charming smuggler Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) who stole the show.

Rumors have been swirling about Williams' return to the role for some time, but have only just been confirmed today.

One wrote: 'Billy Dee Williams is returning it to the role he was born to play...and all is right with the world!

For those unfamiliar, Lando appeared first in the 1980 movie "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" in Cloud City. It was also recently announced that Keri Russell, who Abrams previously worked with on Felicity and Mission Impossible III, is in talks to join the cast of Episode IX.

Star Wars Episode IX is scheduled for release on December 20, 2019.

"My dad, he really grew me up on (Star Wars), so like this is an apex of a lot of feelings, so it's great".

Calrissian is arguably the biggest remaining character from the first trilogy, with Harrison Ford's Han Solo and Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker now killed off, while a return for Princess Leia now impossible following the tragic passing of Carrie Fisher in 2016. Williams last portrayed him in "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi" in 1983, aside from doing voice work for the character in various video game and animated projects. 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.

Vanessa Coleman