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Billy Dee Williams Reprising Lando Role for Star Wars: Episode IX — Report

Billy Dee Williams as Lando
(Image credit: Lucasfilm)

Billy Dee Williams has signed on to reprise his iconic role of Lando Calrissian in Lucasfilm's as-yet-untitled Star Wars: Episode IX, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Writer/director J.J. Abrams is scheduled to begin production on the film later this month.

Williams last appeared as Lando in 1983's Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, and has voiced the actor in several Star Wars video game and animation projects including two 2015 episodes of Star Wars: Rebels.

Star Wars: Episode IX is scheduled to open in theaters December 20, 2019.

Originally published on Newsarama.

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Newsarama Senior Editor Chris Arrant has covered comic book news for Space.com sister site Newsarama since 2003, and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News and CBR. He is the author of the book "Modern Masters: Cliff Chiang," co-authored "Art of Spider-Man Classic," and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology "Pros and (Comic) Cons." He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)