Fans everywhere were disappointed when the Star Wars: Episode VII cast was revealed and Billy Dee Williams wasn't amongst those returning. Especially since he'd been rumored to appear in the sequel since it was announced way back in 2012. Don't count Lando out just yet, though. While there are plenty of Star Wars: Episode VII casting announcements still to come, even if he doesn't make the cut, there's a pretty good chance he will be showing up in animated form on Disney XD's Star Wars Rebels.

The official Star Wars Insider Magazine points out that the recent trailer for Star Wars Rebels has a scene that takes place on level 1-50 of Cloud City. They then tease us that they're glad to have Lando back on screen.

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This is the first we're hearing about Lando's appearance in the animated series, but since this is coming from the officially liscenced magazine behind LucasFilm, we figure they might know what they are taking about. And it seems quite plausible that Billy Dee Williams will be back to provide the voice. There is no concrete information on when exactly this story is taking place, though it falls between Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. When we first meet Lando on Cloud City in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, he is presumably in his mid-forties, the age Billy Dee Williams was when he shot the role. It's entirely plausible that Calrissian is in his twenties during this new time period.

Lando isn't the only original trilogy character possibly making his way back to the screen. Evidence supports that a younger Obi-Wan Kenobi will also be on hand for the formation of the Rebellion, as seen in /obi-wan-kenobi-will-return-in-star-wars-rebels/merchandising from the Disney XD series (look closely and you'll notice that Lando is not included in the first wave of action figures; but is that Mace Windu?). Reports indicate that Star Wars Rebels is being considered canon and will actually help set up some of the events in Star Wars: Episode VII. There is also a rumor that some of the new animated characters will appear in the live action series, though that begs the necessary question, where were they during the original trilogy? And wasn't Luke Skywalker the only remaining Jedi?

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All of the answers will be revealed soon enough, with Star Wars Rebels set to debut this fall on The Disney Channel as a two-hour movie event before arriving on Disney XD has a half-hour weekly series.

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