Star Wars fans, get ready, because the smoothest general in a galaxy far, far away is returning for the upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019. Whispers have been popping up all over the Internet recently, and today sources confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that Billy Dee Williams will indeed be returning to the role of Lando Calrissian in the last chapter of the sequel trilogy. These rumors were fueled recently when Williams had to drop out of an upcoming pop culture and sci-fi convention due to a conflict with a movie shooting schedule. Fans will be delighted by his return, as he did not appear in The Force Awakens or The Last Jedi, and many have wondered what the scoundrel has been up to during this part of the timeline.

Billy Dee Williams portrayed Lando Calrissian for the first time in 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back, and reprised the role in the sequel Return of the Jedi in 1983. Since then, he has appeared as the voice of General Calrissian in a plethora of Star Wars media — various Star Wars LEGO television movies and episodes, Star Wars Rebels, and many Star Wars video games, including the most recent effort from EA and DICE, 2017’s Star Wars Battlefront II.

Precisely what role Lando will play in the closing episode is currently unknown. Episode IX is being directed by J.J. Abrams, with a script from Abrams and Chris Terrio. Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac are all returning, along with new addition Keri Russell, who was just recently confirmed for an unknown role. In what capacity do you think Lando will be in the film? How will he help the Resistance take down the First Order once and for all? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and be sure to keep your browser locked to Geeks + Gamers for all of your Star Wars needs!

Published by Tony Sin

Tony is a 29-year-old Game Design student from Akron, Ohio. A lifelong gamer, Tony has been playing since receiving an SNES along with Super Mario World for his 5th birthday. He is an avid Xbox fan, though he tends to dabble in some PC gaming from time to time. Some of his favorite games and franchises are Mass Effect, The Elder Scrolls, Halo, Batman: Arkham, Assassin’s Creed, Bioshock Infinite, and Quantum Break, just to name a few. Aside from gaming, Tony is a huge movie fan, with the Star Wars franchise being his all-time favorite movies. Constantly delving into the video games, comics, novels, television series, and films, he looks forward to any new installments in the stories. Marvel’s films and respective Netflix series are also in constant rotation in Tony’s home. Other favorite films include The Dark Knight trilogy, Requiem for a Dream, Donnie Darko, and The Hateful Eight, amongst many more. When not gaming, streaming on his Twitch channel, or mentally living in a galaxy far, far away, Tony enjoys listening to and creating music, reading comics and novels, binge watching shows on Netflix, and spending time with friends and family.

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