It looks like it's official – Billy Dee Williams is really reprising his role as Lando Calrissian in the third and final episode of Lucasfilm's Star Wars sequel trilogy, Star Wars: Episode IX.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, news of Williams' involvement in Episode IX has just been recently confirmed by sources close to Lucasfilm, saying that the actor would be joining actors Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver in the highly anticipated Star Wars movie.
William's return doesn't come as too much of a surprise to the Star Wars fanbase. There's been a lot of talk of Lando's return the past few months, especially after the death of Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the actual passing of Star Wars legend Carrie Fisher back in December 2016.
Without Luke, Han Solo, and of course Fisher, fans have been hoping to see Star Wars' most charming and suave gambler could somehow make a return in Episode IX. It's been years since we've seen Williams play the role – the last time the actor played Lando was in the original trilogy's Return of the Jedi.
It also didn't help that a recent convention cancellation blamed his absence of "filming schedule" giving away the likelihood of Williams returning in Episode IX. Now it looks like it's been made official ahead of the film's production.
Star Wars: Episode IX premieres on December 20, 2019.