Since "Star Wars: Episode VII" was announced, fans immediately turned their minds towards the cast, particularly the trio of Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher. However, there were a few other recurring faces in the original trilogy, and Moviehole reports that one of them may return, as Billy Dee Williams may reprise the role of Lando Calrissian.
Lando first appeared in "The Empire Strikes Back," where he was coerced into betraying his old pal Han Solo by Darth Vader and the Empire; however, he made up for it in "Return of the Jedi," where he was last seen dancing with Ewoks after destroying the second Death Star during the film's climax.
According to Moviehole, Michael Arndt's script will reveal what Lando has been up to after all these years. Some former Lucasfilm employees tipped the website off to this fact, but there's no indication if Lando will be around in a prominent role or if he'll just be making a cameo appearance.
The same can be said of Hamill, Ford, and Fisher as well; while both Hamill and Fisher have directly confirmed their enthusiasm about the sequels (especially since George Lucas let them in on the secret over the summer), sources close to Ford have indicated that the actor would be "open" to returning to the role that helped to make him famous.
The actors will likely wait around to see what Arndt's script will look like before signing on; however, the fact that all signs point towards these characters returning is a big deal. When the film was announced as "Episode VII," it was easy to balk and wonder if it would truly be the start of the sequel trilogy instead of a new, standalone "Star Wars" film.
It looks like the former situation is most likely at this point, and this will indeed be the "Episode VII" fans have been wondering about for several years (if not decades at this point). As always, stay tuned--the deluge of "Star Wars" news is just in its infant stages.
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