If there’s one stick we could beat Star Wars Episode 9 (opens in new tab) (and the rest of the new trilogy) with, it’s the fact that the keep going back to the Original Trilogy well to garner some goodwill. Han, Leia, and Luke have all made returns, overshadowing much of their younger, fresher counterparts and now, according to rumours, another OG Star Wars character is on their way back.
According to fan site Fantha Tracks (opens in new tab), who has previous when it comes to dishing out legit Star Wars spoilers and news, is reporting that Billy Dee Williams – AKA Lando – is returning in Star Wars 9. No up-aged Donald Glover here; we’re getting the original version (hopefully) cape and all.
While there are no details on precisely how Lando Calrissian, betrayer-in-chief, will fit into the story, a tie-in novel does give some clues. Star Wars: New Republic Bloodline, set six years before Star Wars: The Force Awakens (opens in new tab), sees Leia and Lando on at least speaking terms as he sends a message of support to General Organa after word gets out about her father being, y’know, Darth Vader.
Still, the former Baron Administrator of Cloud City is pretty much MIA. We know how he got started (and lost his ship) in Solo: A Star Wars Story (opens in new tab), but a return for Billy Dee Williams, and a return for the character to the Milennium Falcon, would be a pretty neat bookend for Lando.
Even so, there’s the nagging thought that the series is leaning a little too much on its old guard at the risk of establishing the likes of Rey, Finn and Kylo Ren. What do you think? Are you happy to see old faces return, or would you rather Star Wars jettison them completely? Let us know down below!
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