Billy Dee Williams Will NOT Be In Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi dropped today, filled with glorious images, fantastic John Williams music, and Luke Skywalker actually reciting new dialog! Looking at the trailer, unsurprisingly, a lot of parallels can be drawn between The Last Jedi and The Empire Strikes Back. You have an old Jedi master training a pupil, battles against AT-ATs, and rebel bases being destroyed, oh my! There is one element from Empire that is missing tough… Lando Calrissian.

So, I have good news and bad news. I already mentioned the good news, a Last Jedi trailer! The bad news? Well, it was confirmed on Twitter by Eric Davis, managing editor for Fandango, that Billy Dee Willaims will NOT be in Star Wars: The Last Jedi:

So, Land-NO Calrissian? That’s disappointing, but expected. Were he in the film, we surely would have heard about it by now, as though Lucasfilm is fairly successful about keeping most details under wraps, casting is usually an open book, and we haven’t seen any evidence of Billy Dee Williams being involved in the sequel to The Force Awakens.

Sure, it’s a bummer, but perhaps it is for the best. Luke Skywalker seems to have quite the presence in the film, based on the trailer, and we know Leia will be involved as well. Though I would love to see Lando in Episode IX, limiting the characters from the original trilogy may be the best move in terms of keeping the new trilogy fresh. 

Are you disappointed Lando Calrissian is not in The Last Jedi? Do you want to see him appear in Episode IX? Or will Donald Glover as young Lando in the Han Solo standalone movie be enough? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be released December 15, 2017. 

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SOURCE: Erik Davis on Twitter

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