The current Star Wars trilogy centers on faces both new, like Rey and Finn, and familiar, like Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa, there remain some beloved characters from the original series who have yet to appear. Namely, everyone’s favorite cool dude Lando Calrissian, played by Billy Dee Williams, last seen on the big screen celebrating the fall of the Empire in Return of the Jedi. But if you were hoping he might turn up again in The Last Jedi, well, you’re about to be disappointed.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, writer/director Rian Johnson said Lando won’t make an appearance in the eighth numbered film. It certainly seemed like a possbility, given that his best friend Han Solo is now dead and part of the film will be set in a casino city called Canto Blight. Sadly, however, Johnson said Lando’s inclusion was never really on the table: “It would have been fun to see him, but it’s just not something that ever really had a place in the story … I don’t want fans to get their hopes up.”
The 80-year-old Williams recently appeared as Lando on the animated Star Wars Rebels. He had hoped to return as Lando in live-action, according to his manager, but he respects Lucasfilm’s choice, “and would be happy to be in any future Star Wars film if asked.” In the meantime, fans will get their fix for Lando when Atlanta’s Donald Glover plays a younger version of him in next year’s Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Arriving Dec. 15, Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Kely Marie Tran, Gwendoline Christie, Domnhall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher.
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