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Billy Dee Williams And Lando Calrissian Return To Star Wars, Here’s How

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lando calrissianWe know that most of the key players from the original Star Wars trilogy are all coming back in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Han, Leia, Luke, Chewbacca, R2-D2, and C-3P0 all show up later this year when the first film in the post-Disney era of Lucasfilm drops on December 18. For all of the other characters we want to see, however, it looks like we’ll have to keep tuning into the animated Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD. And they added yet another classic cameo to the mix, Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian.

According to the website Big Shiny Robot (we can certainly get behind that name), Williams and his smooth-talking, mustachioed space rogue show up on the next episode, entitled “Idiot’s Array.” The story revolves around Zeb, the big, tough, weird looking muscle of titular group of rebels, who gets into a game of Sabacc with a well known space gambler (guess who), and loses their astromech droid Chopper. Never get into such a contest with a dude who looks as overly confident as Lando, that’s just rule number one. From there, they crew of The Ghost gets into some hot water with a group of gangsters (Hutts maybe?) and adventures ensue. Here’s a screenshot of what a youthful Lando looks like.

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The First Standalone Star Wars Movie Just Lost This Key Piece

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Boba FettWith all of the moving parts and pieces in the massive expansion of the Star Wars universe, there are bound to be shifts and changes. Screenwriter Michael Arndt very publicly left Star Wars: The Force Awakens due to creative differences—J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan took over in the aftermath and performed substantial rewrites. And now there has been another writer departure as Gary Whitta has left the first standalone spinoff.

First reported by The Hollywood Reporter, this separation definitely appears to be more amicable than the previous split. Whitta was working on the first of the planned side movies with Godzilla director Gareth Edwards, and even completed a draft. With his leaving, however, they will likely bring in another new writer.

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His Character May Be Dead, But Liam Neeson Wants To Return To Star Wars

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Liam NeesonEveryone in Hollywood wants to be in a new Star Wars movie, even those who have been in one before, and even those whose character may be a wee bit dead. Despite the fact that the majority of fans pan the Episode I—The Phantom Menace (but not all, don’t worry, we’re well aware that there are supporters out there), there are some bright spots. One of these is Liam Neeson, who recently indicated that he’s not opposed to coming back for another go round in that far, far away galaxy.

Pumping his latest action sequel, Taken 3, which opens in theaters today, Yahoo UK sat down with the 62-year-old actor, who plays Qui-Gon Jinn, mentor to Ewan Macgregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi. No matter what the topic, these days it’s damn near impossible to talk to anyone even tangentially involved with Star Wars and not ask them about it, and this interview is no exception.

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J.J. Abrams Admits Making A Star Wars Movie Was Terrifying

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jj abramsThe idea of making a new Star Wars movie must be daunting, especially the next chapter, The Force Awakens. This is the first film without franchise creator George Lucas involved and in charge, and it follows the prequels, which, rightly or wrongly (I know there are fans out there), inspire a great deal of hate, so there’s a lot to make up for. And this stress is only amplified when you’ve been a lifelong fan and you don’t want to fuck it up yourself and all the other Star Wars obsessives out there in the world. That’s the situation J.J. Abrams stepped into, and regardless of how you feel about him as a filmmaker (I’m well aware that there are those of you who fall on both sides), it took some stones to accept that job. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t nerve wracking as hell.

Abrams showed up on the red carpet at the National Board of Review, and took a moment to speak to MTV. Notoriously tightlipped as he is about his films, he didn’t actually say anything about The Force Awakens, not that anyone expected him to, but he did talk about the intense pressure. He said:

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This Artist Is Drawing A Star Wars Comic A Day Throughout 2015

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With The Force Awakens due in theaters at the end of this year, it’s safe to say Star Wars is on a lot of people’s minds right now. For most of us, that just means tracking the steady barrage of rumors and speculation, or maybe rabidly consuming the first wave of the new canon, such as Rebels or the Tarkin novel. Artist George Folz, however, has decided to focus that Star Wars energy in a creative way: he’s going to draw one Star Wars comic per day throughout 2015.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Adds These Three Actors From The Raid

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The RaidNow that production has wrapped and we’re less than a year away, it seems strange to just be learning about actors that are going to appear in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but if this latest bit of news does in fact turn out to be true, it has the potential to be totally badass. Three actors who play significant roles in Gareth Evans’ bonkers action flicks The Raid and The Raid 2 are apparently going to show up in The Force Awakens.

According to Twitch’s sources, the trio of Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, and Cecep Arif Rahman will lend their crazy martial art talents to J.J. Abrams’ upcoming space opera. There’s no word about who they play, if they’re good or evil, or even if we’ll see them in any capacity other than glorified stunt performers. But none of that matters because whatever they’re doing will be awesome, and this is a huge piece of good news for all of you hoping for more practical action rather than CGI composites.