Billy Dee Williams is returning to a galaxy far, far away.
The actor, who famously played the galactic gambler Lando Calrissian, will reprise the role for Star Wars: Episode IX, the next Star Wars installment from Lucasfilm.
Nostalgia is a crutch that helps creators get by without having to develop new fresh ideas.
Lando Calrissian might be my favorite character from that first trilogy because as Dave Chappelle said, ‘black actors gotta stick together‘ but in no way does Episode IX need 81-year-old Billy Dee Williams limping around the set not knowing his lines and halting production for bathroom breaks.
Lando’s story ended in Return of the Jedi.
He wronged Han in Empire Strikes Back and then righted that wrong in the following movie. Character developed. We’re done. I get bringing back Luke, Han and Leia as they were the stars of the franchise and these movies are technically their sequels but Lando was a tertiary character.
We do not need more of him. He is exclusively in this movie to make corny old fans that hate change, happy. I’d argue, that’s a dumb way to make a movie.
Earlier this week, I wrote about Keri Russell in talks to join Episode IX. Wow, a fresh face injected into the franchise in a new creative way instead of an elderly man whose storyline doesn’t matter anymore.
Now I should mention, if it’s a brief Lando cameo, I’m fine with that. I don’t love fan service but I’m totally okay with it if 1.) it doesn’t take away from the plot and 2.) it’s Billy Dee Williams. But if he’s driving the Millenium Falcon with Chewbacca like the good ol’ days, I’m out.
Give all of the lines to Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron. They are the stars of this movie. I’m glad Luke is gone. I’m glad Han is gone. Let’s move the fuck on.