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Rumor: A New Report Suggests Star Wars Veteran Billy Dee Williams is Indeed Set to Appear in Episode IX

Discussion in 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' started by SWNN Probe, Jun 18, 2018.

  1. SWNN Probe

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    A few weeks ago, we reported about a tweet claiming that 81-year-old actor Billy Dee Williams had begun training three times a week and was on a new diet (here). As the actor has primarily stuck to voice acting lately, we came to the obvious conclusion that if he was preparing for an upcoming role (and not just doing it for health reasons) that it would most likely be for 2019's untitled Star Wars: Episode IX. A new report from Fantha Tracks, while not 100% confirming the rumor, definitely lends credence to this bit of speculation.



    Fantha Tracks has confirmed with two separate sources that the actor will indeed be reprising his role as Lando Calrissian for the upcoming sequel. Whether this was already in the works or whether his inclusion was mandated after the passing of Carrie Fisher in order to maintain some sort of character connection with the original Star Wars trilogy remains to be seen. In context, I think it would make sense that the remnants of Leia's Resistance would seek the old smoothie out given their current predicament running from the First Order.



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    Donald Glover's performance as Lando in Solo: A Star Wars Story has once again put the character in the spotlight, and (aside from a possible appearance of Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker as a Force ghost) he is the only remaining human character from the original films that is likely to make an appearance in the movie. While the sequel trilogy has made every effort to move away from the original cast to focus on the new characters, I believe the creators still recognize the power of nostalgia, and there is no doubt in my mind that Lando will be back at least in some capacity.



    Episode IX is set to start filming next month, so be on the lookout for some official confirmation on Williams' return in the near future as the sequel trilogy moves toward its conclusion next year.





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    I’m pretty sure he will be in it & will have a wise cracking daughter with him too. I’m guessing it will be brief appearance to mainly introduce his daughter who will then have a main part in the film. I’m not not thinking that from the casting call that went out not that long ago.

    I’m all for his return!
     
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    I for him coming back as well. At this point his return can be fit into the story nicely and not shoehorned in for the sake of fan service.
     
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    Should be relatively easy to justify his return. Between Han, Luke, and probably Leia, it's likely Lando could return for a memorial service of some kind.
     
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    I guess there are two possibilities here: He could deliver an army and weapons to the Resistance (Rebels by now?) or (/and) he could be the godfather of Ben Solo, that would be an interesting twist... Anyway, bring him on!!!
     
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    I like this idea. If I can't get a good young legacy character from Han and Leia or Luke, then bring on Lando and his cool daughter that takes after him.
     
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    Please give him a good and important role, not just a cameo. With Carrie's death we could need characters like Lando, Anakin etc to replace her role. Lando doesn't need to be the leader of anything, no. As long as he helps out our heroes it's all fine. He should also be in the falcon (with Chewie) for a minute to have a nostalgic moment.

    On the one hand I like this idea, on the other hand we already have enough characters. No need for a daughter.
     
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    I sense some history here Ren... did you get caught behind the bike sheds smooching with Uncle Lando's daughter as a child? :D
     
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    No! I hated that girl. She was mean all the time! #TheSkywakerLineageIsSaved
     
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    Hahahaha

    "Ren and Calrissian up a tree..." :D
     
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    "My dad looks better in a cape than you ever will!"
     
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    I bet his return will have something to do with the falcon... Maybe that droid woman's brain in the falcon we were introduced to in Solo will be the reason... :D
     
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    Everyone who doesn't rate this post with "cool" needs to be eliminated.
     
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    Some much needed good news. Absolutely no reason Lando wasn’t in the first films.

    I would also find a way no matter what to get both Han + Luke involved somehow.
     
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    Boom - the cape MASTER! Case closed :D

    Stick a fork in this thread people, 'cos it is done!
     
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    I'll clap for that
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    For the love of god, just don't bring Lando back to kill him. I don't know how much more of that I can take. And I think I speak for every Star Wars fan when I say that, too.
     
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    Glad hear it, I'm glad Lando will be back.
     
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