SALT LAKE CITY — Time to buckle up, baby.
A new “Star Wars” rumor suggests Billy Dee Williams will return to the franchise in “Episode IX” to play Lando Calrissian.
The website Fantha Tracks, which keeps up with news and rumors of the “Star Wars” film production, explained that Williams has been contacted to participate in the new film.
“Billy Dee Williams is back for Episode IX as Lando Calrissian,” the report read. “We were asked by our original source to verify this with another independent source before we ran with it. We did that, confirming that this is indeed correct (and before anyone asks, we’re not going to name our sources because that’s not how this works).”
Filming for “Episode IX” begins next month. Fantha Tracks said an official announcement will likely come before production begins.
According to CBR, Williams revealed at Megacon in Orlando back in May that he had been dieting and getting into shape, which might be a sign the actor, who first appeared in “The Empire Strikes Back,” will make a return.
As Uproxx reported, fans would welcome back Williams with open arms given his character recently appeared in “Solo: A Star Wars Story” with Donald Glover taking over the role.
“Considering how Donald Glover’s Lando stole the show in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story,’ it shouldn’t be a shock that the rumor mill now has the smuggler making a big screen return for the final installment of the new trilogy,” according to Uproxx. “It would also be a familiar face for older fans to look for given the tragic loss of Carrie Fisher and the on-screen deaths of Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford.”
Still, SlashFilm doesn’t want to fully believe the rumor since it almost makes too much sense to bring back an original trilogy character.
However, SlashFilm did offer an idea for how to bring the character back:
“Maybe Daisy Ridley’s Rey could pass the Millennium Falcon back to him, finally reuniting Lando with what remains of L3-37 after so many years apart,” according to SlashFilm. “Sounds like a fitting ending, and it’d give that character the chance to fly off into the sunset one last time.”