Billy Dee Williams Returning as Lando for Star Wars: Episode IX

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"Sources confirm to The Hollywood Reporter that Williams will indeed be returning to the Star Wars big screen for the first time since 1983's Return of the Jedi", according to The Hollywood Reporter on Monday. With many actors from the original Star Wars franchise reprising their role in the new movies, there have been rumors and speculations on fan sites about Williams' return.

The character is one of the more popular personages in the Star Wars universe and appeared in a major way in this years Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Rumors regarding Williams' return began to swirl recently after the actor had to cancel an appearance at the Saskatchewan Entertainment Expo due to a film schedule conflict.

Williams first made his debut as the suave galactic gambler who went on to become an administrator of Cloud City in 1980's Empire Strikes Back.

However it later emerges Vader forced him to double-cross Han and his friends, capturing them and using them as bait to lure Luke Skywalker. Donald Glover slipped on the cape to play a younger Calrissian. Last week, Keri Russell, a frequent Abrams collaborator also joined the cast in an undisclosed role. Following Colin Trevorrow's exit over creative differences, Abrams - who directed The Force Awakens - was asked to return to direct Episode IX.