lando in star wars episode 9

On the July 10, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by Star Wars expert Bryan Young, to talk about the recent casting news of Billy Dee Williams in Star Wars Episode 9 and speculate what kind of role Lando might play in JJ Abrams’ film. In Our Feature Presentation, /Film writer Hoai-Tran Bui joins me to talk about why so many female superheroes are stuck in the past.

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lando in star wars episode 9

All bets are off: Billy Dee Williams is returning to Star Wars. The actor will reprise his role as the intergalactic gambler and former smuggler Lando in Star Wars Episode 9, marking his first big screen return to the role since 1983’s Return of the Jedi.

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Lando Calrissian Episode 9

After Yoda’s surprise appearance in writer/director Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, fans might be seeing another legacy character pop up in writer/director J.J. Abrams‘ upcoming sequel Star Wars: Episode 9. A new rumor indicates that a familiar face will be brought into the fold for the final film in the new trilogy, and it’s reportedly someone fans have been hoping to see on screen again for years.
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Aftermath Empire's End Details

Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters this May, and the character everyone is the most excited to see isn’t Han Solo. It’s Lando Calrissian.

Lando, initially played by Billy Dee Williams and now Donald Glover, has been a huge force (no pun intended) in the Star Wars universe. His personality, good looks, and roguish charm have secured him the honor of being one of the most influential and coolest Star Wars characters of all time. But what many don’t realize is how much Lando’s character stems from another popular genre created before Star Wars hit theaters – blaxploitation.

Lando’s characterization and his style owe a huge debt to blaxploitation. But Lando also adds another layer to the conversation blaxploitation engages in about black images in the media. How does Lando, colloquially called a “space pimp” by fans, contribute to the conversation and in what ways does he actually hinder how blackness is viewed in film? To mediate further on these questions, let’s start with the beginning of blaxploitation itself.

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Donald Glover Lando Calrissian

The final verse of the 2010 song “Fuck It All” from Childish Gambino – the rap alias of multi-hyphenate Donald Glover – ends with this line: “To all my fans who sayin’ ‘Donald Glover ’bout to blow,’ just give me six months so you can say ‘I told you so.'” It’s hard to believe it’s been seven years since then, but Glover has indeed lived up to that promise: the dude has blown up in multiple entertainment fields, culminating with being cast as Lando Calrissian in Lucasfilm’s upcoming Han Solo movie.

In a new profile, the actor speaks about the director switch-up on that film, and we learn some more details about his meeting with original Lando actor Billy Dee Williams. Plus, there are new revelations about Glover’s roles in Spider-Man: Homecoming and Community that fans should find worthwhile.
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Lando in The Last Jedi

Contrary to the rumors that have been swirling around the internet for the better part of a year, actor Billy Dee Williams has made it official: Lando Calrissian does not have a role in this year’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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Han Solo Lando Calrissian

Last week, Billy Dee Williams, the original Lando Calrissian, was “caught” having lunch with Donald Glover, the new Lando Calrissian. Naturally, the snapshot of them together quickly went viral, and got Star Wars fans speculating about what the two might have discussed. Now Williams himself has gone on the record to explain exactly what they talked about. In the process, he addressed the possibility of his appearing in Glover’s Han Solo spinoff, and seemingly confirmed some details about the plot of the movie.  Read More »

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The second Star Wars standalone movie just began principal photography, but Donald Glover has yet to begin filming. Actually, as of a few days ago, the actor had yet to even read Jon and Lawrence Kasdan‘s screenplay for the Han Solo origin story. But the Golden Globe-winning actor has been spotted out having a lunch with Billy Dee Williams, who originated the character of Lando Calrissian in Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. Hit the jump to see the epic photo evidence and learn more.

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The LEGO Batman Movie TV Spot

We’re just a little over a month away from the release of The LEGO Batman Movie, giving us the building block version of The Dark Knight, who stole more than a few scenes in The LEGO Movie a few years back. Will Arnett is back in the lead voice role, and quite the assembly of talent surrounds him, playing various characters from Batman’s mythology, some of which we’ve never seen on the big screen before. But a new TV spot focuses on one of Batman’s staple characters, his loyal sidekick Robin.

Michael Cera voices The Boy Wonder, but this version of Batman is just as resistant to working with a partner (or anyone really), simply because he’s afraid of losing anyone who gets close to him again. It’s actually kind of sweet, even if LEGO Batman isn’t a fan of hugs. You’ll see what I mean in a new The LEGO Batman Movie TV spot after the jump. Read More »

‘Star Wars’ Actors and Filmmakers Mourn Carrie Fisher

Star Wars Actors and Directors Mourn Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher passed away yesterday at the age of 60. Although best known for her work as Princess Leia Organa in four Star Wars movies, she was so much more: a tremendous writer, an incredible wit, one of Hollywood’s most prolific script doctors, and a brutally honest personality whose openness about mental illness provided hope and inspiration for many.

The fact that we can build an entire article around her colleagues saying nice things about her speaks volumes.

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