While there is still very much we don't know about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it's becoming quite clear that the story primarily focuses on the new crop of younger characters, such as John Boyega's Finn and Daisy Ridley's Rey. Of course, plenty of classic Star Wars actors are back, such as Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo) and Carrie Fisher, but one fan favorite character from the original trilogy, Billy Dee Williams' Lando Calrissian, was not revealed as part of the initial cast list. While some fans may be holding out hope for a secret Lando Calrissian cameo, screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan confirmed that Lando is not in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but he may be popping up in one of the other upcoming movies.
"Right now, there's no Lando Calrissian in this movie. But Lando I don't think is finished in any way, shape, or form."
Of course, it's possible that Lando could surface in the sequels Star Wars: Episode VIII, Star Wars: Episode IX or the spinoff Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One. Billy Dee Williams himself teased earlier this year that Lando will likely come back for one of the future movies. Fans also got to see his character in animated form in the first season of Disney XD's Star Wars Rebels. Lawrence Kasdan also talked about how Star Wars: The Force Awakens is turning out great, under the direction of J.J. Abrams, teasing that it won't be a "bloated blockbuster" like a lot of today's modern tentpoles. Instead, it will have an economic runtime:
"This new movie, first of all, it's turning out really great. J.J. Abrams directed it so beautifully, and it's so exhilarating and everything. It's a big movie. It's full of wonderful stuff, incident and character stuff and jokes and effects. One of the things that we always refocus on from the get-go was that it not be one of these very long, bloated blockbusters. A lot of very entertaining movies lately are too long. In the last 20 minutes, you think, why isn't this over? We didn't want to make a movie like that. I mean, we were really aiming to have it be-when it's over you'll say, 'I wish there's more.' Or, 'Wait, is it over?' Because how rarely you get that feeling nowadays, and I think we're headed there. But it means that there will be constant critical looking at it from now to the end, saying, 'Do we need this? Do we need that? Is it better if this comes out, even though we love it?' Killing your darlings."
While it will likely be quite some time before we get a confirmed runtime for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it seems this will be a much more succinct theatrical experience than many recent summer adventures, such as Avengers: Age of Ultron, which runs nearly two and a half hours long. Are you glad Star Wars: The Force Awakens won't be as long? Are you looking forward to Lando Calrissian's eventual return? Chime in with your thoughts below, and stay tuned for more updates on the Star Wars theatrical universe.