Lando is returning in Star Wars 9. This is particularly exciting, as we haven't seen Lando Calrissian in a galaxy far, far away, (on the big screen anyway) at least chronologically speaking, since the end of Return of the Jedi. Billy Dee Williams' beloved scoundrel helped the Rebels blow up the second Death Star, defeating the Empire. Williams is set to finally make his return as Lando in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, but where has he been all these years? Williams has some ideas about that.
With the release for The Rise of Skywalker creeping up, the filmmakers and cast have been speaking a bit more about it, all while trying not to spoil anything. During a recent interview, Billy Dee Williams was asked about what Lando has been up to for the last few decades. Instead of continuing to fight the good fight, as it were, Williams has his own, very fitting ideas about what Lando found himself doing. Here's what he had to say about it.
"I always imagined Lando Calrissian being like Steve Wynn, running Las Vegas. Because he's a gambler. But he was a bit of a showman, a bit of an entrepreneur. That's how I see Lando. I never necessarily saw him as a general running around shooting things."
That would seem true to the Lando we know. Donald Glover's younger version of the character from Solo helped speak to that even more. Assuming Billy Dee Williams' explanation were made part of the official canon, he would have been off somewhere like Canto Bight from The Last Jedi living his best life. To that point, many fans felt that Canto Bight would have been a fitting place to reintroduce Lando into the sequel trilogy, but better late than never.
In recent years, Lando appeared in animated series Star Wars Rebels, which takes place before the events of A New Hope, as well as several of the video games. Most notably, Battlefront II, which features a canon storyline that takes place after Return of the Jedi. But that's the most we've seen of him, and not in live action for more than 30 years. Speaking a bit further, Billy Dee Williams spoke about the possibility of appearing as Lando again after Episode IX, which has been billed as the final chapter of the Skywalker saga.
"It's a conclusion, certainly it depends on how much money is generated. That's when they determine where's the conclusion. The one thing about show business, you can resurrect anything."
Indeed, the man does have a point. Star Wars had been dead for nearly a decade before The Force Awakens, which came as a result of Disney purchasing Lucasfilm in 2012. So it would be tough to totally close the door on anything at this point, especially if there is money to be made. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters on December 20. This news comes to us via Esquire.