Billy Dee Williams Is Returning As Lando Calrissian In Episode IX 

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. 

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Ron Howard Confirmed As Director Of Han Solo Project 

After the recent shock departure of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller from the Star Wars spin off Han Solo project, there were rumours which quickly sprouted of Ron Howard taking over. Well, it seems in a rare twist a rumour turned out to be true! The director of Rush and Apollo 13 has been announced as the replacement director, taking over for the next few weeks of shooting as well as the films planned reshoots, scheduled for later this year.

Ron, who has been previously rumoured for Phantom Menace, will be working for the next 3 weeks, ensuring it’s steered in the right direction. It’s unclear what credit Lord and Miller will receive if any who allegedly had several disagreements with producer Kathleen Kennedy.

Lucasfilm moved quickly to find a replacement due to the fact that they are not changing the scheduled release date. Shooting is due to resume on July 10th, giving the crew time to take stock of the situation. Kennedy said, “At Lucasfilm we believe the highest goal of each film is to delight, carrying forward the spirit of the saga that George Lucas began 40 years ago. With that in mind we’re thrilled to announce that Ron Howard will step in to direct the untitled Han Solo film. We have a wonderful script, an incredible cast and crew and the absolute commitment to make a great movie.”

It was announced that Lord and Miller left the project due to creative differences. Hearsay from the set says that the directing duo were not happy with the control Kennedy had over the creativity of the project. It’s been rumoured that they didn’t have as much control as they would have liked and also butted heads with writer and Star Wars veteran Jon Kasdan.

With the movie taking a break until next month, they’ll have to work fast to have it finished on time. Let’s hope this doesn’t have an affect on production.

Starring Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, the movie is to be set around the early days of the Millennium Falcon pilot as a smuggler. It also stars Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Woody Harrelson, Michael K. Williams and Emilia Clarke. The project is still slated for release on May 25th, 2018.

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