‘Star Wars’ fans are delighted that Billy Dee Williams will return as Lando in ‘Episode IX,’ but some are worried it means he’ll die in the movie

  • The Hollywood Reporter reported on Monday that Billy Dee Williams is reprising his role as Lando Calrissian in next year’s “Star Wars: Episode IX.”
  • Fans are excited, but many are also worried that he’ll die in the movie.

Warning: This post contains spoilers for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “The Last Jedi.”

Lando Calrissian is returning to the “Star Wars” franchise.

The original Lando, Billy Dee Williams, is reprising his role as the suave smuggler for next year’s “Episode IX,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Williams played Lando in the original trilogy’s “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi,” while Donald Glover played a young Lando in this year’s standalone film “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”

Williams’ Lando is one of just a few characters from the original trilogy likely to reprise their roles in “Episode IX” along with Chewbacca, R2-D2, and C-3PO. Harrison Ford’s Han Solo and Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker both died in “The Force Awakens” and “The Last Jedi,” respectively. General Leia Organa survived “The Last Jedi,” but actress Carrie Fisher passed away in December 2016.

Fans are thrilled that Williams is returning, but given that both Han and Luke have died in the new trilogy, some are worried that Lando will be the one to perish this time around.

People are obviously excited about Williams returning:


But there are a lot who are worried one of their favourite characters from the original “Star Wars” trilogy may meet his end in “Episode IX.”

There are no plot details for the movie at this time, so we don’t even know the extent of Lando’s role in the movie. But whether he dies or not, hopefully “Episode IX” is a worthy conclusion for Lando.

Whatever the case, fans were relieved that Billy Dee Williams was trending on Twitter because he’s returning to “Star Wars” – and not because the actor himself passed away.


“Star Wars: Episode IX” comes to theatres December 20, 2019.