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The floodgates seem to be opening re: casting news for Disney/Lucasfilm's upcoming 'Star Wars: Episode VII.' The rumors were of course soaring like X-Wings, but J.J. Abrams' fortress of secrecy showed no weakness, exhaust port or otherwise. Then it became known that Harrison Ford would be retuning to play Han Solo. Once that shot was fired across the bow, then came the barrage of confirmations of the returning classic cast including Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker and Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia. Now we come to the question of Lando Calrissian. Billy Dee Williams was apparently asked point blank during a recent interview if he had been approached to reprise his role as the the initially treacherous, but ultimately heroic overseer of the Bespin mining colony. He confirmed that he had indeed been asked, but has not at this time decided whether or not he will take the gig. The new 'Star Wars' film is due in theaters sometime in 2015.
Lando! I mean, Mr. Williams, sir. Please say yes! Lando Calrissian is one of my all time favorite movie characters. I remember one of the first articles I ever posted online was a list of reasons why you couldn't blame Lando for betraying Han. Not to mention Billy Dee himself is just one of the coolest actors to ever grace the screen. If you haven't seen it already, I highly recommend a 1981 film he did with Sylvester Stallone and Rutger Hauer called 'Nighthawks.' I'm not sure what would keep Williams from accepting the opportunity to return to 'Star Wars,' but then not every actor who becomes part of a historic film or, in this case, film franchise is overly enthusiastic about it years later. Christopher Plummer, for example, hates 'The Sound of Music' despite the cultural mainstay it became. You can even hear him sniping at the song from 'The Sound of Music' playing as he walked to the stage during this year's Oscars. I wasn't previously aware of any animosity or disdain Williams felt toward 'Star Wars' and I hope we see him back for 'Episode VII.' Once again, I will say that his role, as with roles of all the returning cast members, should not be the central focus of the new movie.
What do you guys think? Do you think Billy Dee Williams will return, or will Lando smooth-talk his way out of this offer? Would your enthusiasm for 'Episode VII' be affected either way?