Who Is Missing From The Above Cast Picture Of Star Wars: The Force Awakens?
When that picture was released, it spread like wildfire across the pop-culture landscape. Star Wars was coming back in a big way. But, there was also uproar because one of Star Wars fandom’s favorite characters was not pictured nor were there any official announcements about this actor joining the cast.
NukeTheFridge just released an announcement that Billy Dee Williams will return to Star Wars as Lando Calrissian. According the report, it will be a cameo-like appearance during Episode VIII….
An insider told The Sun newspaper: “It will be a fun cameo. Billy’s definitely up for it.”
I did a little more research and found a cinelinx article from February of this year that seems to confirm that Lando will be making a return. In the article, Jordan Maison interviews Billy Dee Williams about his involvement with Star Wars Rebels, how he feels about Lando, Star Wars fans and, most intriguingly, his possible involvement in the new Star Wars saga…
…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.
BDW: 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.
But if they gave you the call, you’d be willing to come back, right?
BDW: Oh sure.
I was definitely one of the people disappointed that Lando wouldn’t be appearing in The Force Awakens but I had a feeling that he would eventually return. I’m hoping this rumor pans out!
The entire cinelinx interview is worth a read so click on over and have at it!
Until next time….