When the Force Awakens was released in 2015, one of the questions it raised was where is Lando?? Well it seems JJ Abrams would like to answer that for you since it’s been announced that Billy Dee Williams is making a comeback as Lando Calrissian. After Donald Glover’s turn as the charismatic character, it seems they want to keep him around. It’ll be interesting to see where he’s been.
How he will fit into the film is anyone’s guess but at least he’s in it. At the moment Keri Russell is in talks to join the eleventh live action Star Wars film as the cast list grows. Whilst he may have been away for a while and only appeared in two films, Williams has voiced the character on other occasions including The Lego Movie as well as Star Wars Rebels.
Joining Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver and Lupita Nyong’o, the film due for release in December 2019 with Abrams working the script with writer Chris Terrio who has previously written Argo and Justice League.
A mutual decision by Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow has resulted in the director leaving Star Wars Episode IX. It was announced by Disney yesterday that due to having different ‘visions on the project’ they have parted ways leaving it open for another director to step in.
In a statement regarding Trevorrow, Disney has said ‘Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutual chosen to part ways on Star Wars Episode IX. Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ. We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more information about the film soon.’
The news comes after Ron Howard replaced the fired Phil Lord and Chris Miller on the Han Solo movie in June. Recent rumours have surfaced regarding their sacking including their attempt to make Han Solo similar to Ace Ventura. The directors had been working on this film for almost 2 years so this came as quite a shock.
Trevorrow was announced as director of Episode IX on 2015 after the success of Jurassic World which has rebooted the franchise after making $1.6bn at the box office.
A replacement director has not been announced just yet so watch this space. Star Wars Episode IX is due for release on June 21st, 2019 with the next part of the saga The Last Jedi in cinemas on December 14th, 2017.