Star Wars: Lando Is Back For Episode 9

Lando Calrissian

Star Wars: Lando Is Back For Episode 9

It seems that famed smuggler, gambler, Cloud City administrator and original Millennium Falcon owner Captain Lando Calrissian is returning to the big screen.

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

The man who originated the charismatic character almost four decades ago is reportedly headed back to that far away galaxy for Star Wars: Episode IX, the upcoming installment in the blockbuster franchise. Those rumors only gained speed when Williams bowed out of an upcoming sci-fi and pop culture convention later this summer, citing a "conflict with a movie schedule".

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

While there are many Lando Calrissian stories that are now non-canon (a.k.a. have the designation "Star Wars Legends"), the character has been a key part of the universe for years.

If the report is true, then Episode IX - directed and written by J.J. Abrams and slated for a December 2019 release - is getting better all the time.

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. The film, which marks the return of Force Awakens director J.J.

There's no doubt that Williams is eager to reprise the role.

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