This weekend might be all about Han, with the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story, but fans of the film are already demanding to get more of the titular scoundrel's frenemy Lando Calrissian. Lucasfilm is making tentative promises to give the beloved character his own spinoff film — with Donald Glover in the lead role — but audiences might get to see where Lando ended up after the original trilogy before they see more of his beginnings.
At MegaCon in Orlando this weekend, the original Lando Calrissian, Billy Dee Williams, made an appearance and gave a coy update on his current fitness regimen, which may be secret confirmation of his involvement with Star Wars: Episode IX. MegaCon Orlando tweeted the following "fun fact" about Billy Dee Williams' diet and fitness training:
Fun Billy Dee Williams fact: Billy just had his 81st birthday. He’s training 3 times a week with a trainer and has a whole new diet.— MegaCon Orlando (@MegaConOrlando) May 25, 2018
While it's always inspiring to hear that a beloved actor is taking care of themself in their later years, Star Wars fans read into this tidbit of information to possibly mean something more exciting. As one person points out below, this dedicated fitness program sounds very familiar to Carrie Fisher's preparation for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Oh? Didn’t Carrie Fisher do something similar prior to appearing in TFA? It would take a while to wipe the smile off my face (and probably some tears) if I see this in Episode IX: pic.twitter.com/YN1hbRIhH6— Bryan Jensen (@jensen_bryan) May 26, 2018
At the moment, not much is known about the possible plot and character involvement of Episode IX. John Boyega confirms his character Finn and Daisy Ridley's lead character Rey will be reunited in the film, but J.J.Abrams' script — aside from being under serious lock and key — has to be adapted to fit the direction Rian Johnson took the franchise in The Last Jedi. Before her passing, Carrie Fisher was said to have been a focal point for the upcoming film.
It would have been nice to see General Leia Organa front and center in her own film, but since that's no longer an option, one small reparation might be to get to see her old friend Lando join the now-fledgling rebellion. Billy Dee Williams certainly hasn't shied away from staying involved in the Star Wars extended universe via video games and voiceover work, so it stands to reason if Abrams has offered him a spot in the film, he'd jump at the chance.
Directed by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: Episode IX is set to arrive in theaters on December 20, 2019. The movie will star Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren and Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron.