Report: Billy Dee Williams returning for Star Wars: Episode IX

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(WCMH) – Actor Billy Dee Williams is returning to the Star Wars franchise.

Williams, who played Lando Calrissian, will reprise the role in the next Star Wars film, the Hollywood Reporter reported.

The Lando Calrissian character first appeared in Empire Strikes Back in 1980, and again in 1983’s Return of the Jedi. A younger version of the character was played by Donald Glover in this year’s Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Production on the film is expected to begin later this summer, with a release scheduled for December 2019.

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