Lando Calrissian Will Return For STAR WARS: EPISODE IX

Tuesday, 10 Jul, 2018

Here's some unexpected and cool news about the next Star Wars movie.

Lando Calrissian has, of course, enjoyed something of a boost in popularity as of late, thanks to Donald Glover's performance as the character in Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Williams first played Lando in 1980's Empire Strikes Back and was seen again in 1983's Return of the Jedi.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, rumours began spreading that the 81-year-old would return to the franchise after he cancelled plans for a convention appearance, citing a clash with a a film project.

However it later emerges Vader forced him to double-cross Han and his friends, capturing them and using them as bait to lure Luke Skywalker.

"To be a part of this family and to be able to play young Lando, a hero of mine, you know, it's the stuff dreams are made of, so I feel really blessed", he added.

The film, directed by J.J. Abrams, is set for release December 20, 2019, with filming expected to start soon.

Given the tragic death of Carrie Fisher after The Last Jedi, and the fact that Episode IX was supposed to focus on her character General Leia Organa, we would be entirely without original trilogy characters if Lando didn't return.

Hot on the heels of news that Keri Russell, yes, Felicity's Keri Russell, was cast in Star Wars: Episode IX, we get confirmation that the galaxy's original far far away player is due back in his fabulous blue coat.