Billy Dee Williams Returning to ‘Star Wars’ Franchise to Play Lando Calrissian in ‘Episode IX’

Billy Dee Williams will Just as before don his iconic cape to reprise his role as Lando Calrissian.

The man who originated the charismatic character nearly four decades ago will be reportedly headed back to that will far away galaxy for Star Wars: Episode IX, the upcoming installment within the blockbuster franchise.

Rumors began to swirl regarding his involvement when the 81-year-old actor backed out of an appearance at an upcoming sci-fi convention, explaining that will the event conflicted with his scheduled involvement within the production of an upcoming film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Williams first portrayed the suave space raconteur in 1980’s Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back, as well as made his final on-screen appearance as Calrissian in 1983’s Return of the Jedi.

He’s also lent his iconic voice to the character in numerous animated film as well as TV projects, as well as several Star Wars video games.

ET has reached out to Disney as well as reps for Williams for comment.

Star Wars: Episode IX, which will be helmed by The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams, will be set to rocket into theaters Dec. 20, 2019.

Recently, Donald Glover stepped into Williams’ formidable shoes when he played a younger type of Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

ET caught up with Glover at the star-studded Hollywood premiere of Solo back in May, as well as the actor said that will getting to portray the legendary character will be “definitely a highlight” of his career.

“My dad, he genuinely grew me up on [Star Wars], so like that will will be an apex of a lot of feelings, so the item’s great,” said Glover, adding that will getting to see the film finally hit screens across the country “genuinely will be a dream.”

“To be a part of that will family as well as to be able to play young Lando, a hero of mine, you know, the item’s the stuff dreams are made of, so I feel genuinely blessed,” he added.

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