Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Billy Dee Williams Asked to Return for STAR WARS EPISODE VII

You old smoothie...

Now that we pretty much have confirmation that Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford are set to reprise their roles for Star Wars Episode VII, fans have been wondering if Billy Dee Williams will be joining them once again as the gambling, entreprenuing and Death Star-destroying Lando Calrissian.

Well, it seems Film Buff Online had the chance to speak to Williams at the Monster Mania convention this past weekend in New Jersey.  They claimed that Williams said that he had been asked but that he hasn't decided yet if he's going to return.

Normally, this would be a no-brainer, but Williams turns 76 next month and it's certainly possible the film shoot could be too much for him.  Or perhaps this is simply a contract negotiating ploy for more money to lose at sabacc, who knows?  Williams has embraced his time as Lando, appearing in a number of episodes and specials for the Adult Swim series Robot Chicken and also in Fanboys, a 2009 film which was centered around a group of Star Wars fans.

In the Expanded Universe series of novels set after the events of Return of the Jedi, Lando Calrissian gets married to Tendra and engages in a series of mining enterprises until the invasion of the Yuuzhan Vong.  Afterwards, Lando retires to private life and he and Tendra have a son, Lando Jr., who is nicknamed "Chance."  Whether any of these post-ROTJ details will still be considered part of the official continuity for Episode VII is currently unknown.

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