By: Dominic Jones
When the cast for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens was announced, many were surprised to see that Billy Dee Williams was not among them. Since then, all indications suggest that Lando Calrissian will be nowhere to be found in the new film. However, Billy Dee believes there is still hope for more Lando in the sequel era. Billy Dee recently chatted with Cinelinx about his appearance as Lando on the animated series Star Wars Rebels and naturally the topic of the sequels was brought up. Here's what Billy had to say,
Cinelinx: So I have to ask, were you ever approached to appear in the new movie? I remember when the first cast list was revealed with that photo, people weren’t happy that you were absent from it.
Billy Dee Williams: Yeah, people were pretty upset about it. But I uh...I may very well...I have a feeling I’m going to show up. [Note: from the context Billy Dee Williams is talking about the sequel Trilogy in general and not just The Force Awakens] There’s nothing I can really discuss about it at this stage.
People think of me as the original cast, but I didn’t come in until the second movie. I did Empire and then I did Return of the Jedi, but I came in after everyone else was introduced...So I think they’re probably proceeding in that way.
I can’t imagine them not bringing Lando back. But we’ll see, I don’t know.
I think it's safe to say most fans hope to see Billy Dee back in the sequels at some point, but for now he did promise that we would be seeing more of Lando on Star Wars Rebels.
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