It seems like only a matter of time before Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher return to a galaxy far, far away in the new Star Wars: Episode VII. But what about their supporting cast from the original Star Wars trilogy? We’ll most likely see R2-D2 and C-3PO in the new sequels, but it’s entirely possible that Kenny Baker and Anthony Daniels could be replaced with full CGI characters. That just leaves Lando Calrissian.
According to Movies.com, while attending the Emerald City Comic-Con in Seattle, Washington, the actor behind Lando Calrissian, Billy Dee Williams, started campaigning to bring the dashing space pirate back to the big screen. It appears Williams hasn’t been approached by Disney or Lucasfilm to reprise his iconic role in the new Star Wars: Episode VII, but he urged the comic-con crowd to tweet, send letters, and email Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and George Lucas about bringing back Lando Calrissian.
With rumors swirling about a potential young Han Solo movie, there was some fan interest regarding a young Lando Calrissian joining Han Solo in the Millennium Falcon on new and exciting adventures. During the panel, a Star Wars fan asked Billy Dee Williams who he thought could play a younger version of Calrissian, and the 75-year-old actor replied, “No one can play Lando but me.”
The bigger question is, does Star Wars: Episode VII need Lando Calrissian to return?