The Return of Lando Calrissian: Casting Is Now Underway

August 13, 2016 – With the announcement of a stand-alone Han Solo movie, set for release in May, 2018, speculation immediately began: Will we see a young Lando Calrissian on the big screen as well?

Billie Dee Williams plays Lando Calrissian in "Return of the Jedi". (Photo Credit: Lucasfilm)

Billie Dee Williams plays Lando Calrissian in “Return of the Jedi”. (Photo Credit: Lucasfilm)

According to The Wrap, the answer is a big “Yes”. Casting is now underway to find an actor to play the Cloud City wheeler-dealer, originally played by Billie Dee Williams.

We first met Lando in The Empire Strikes Back (1980) in his spectacular city in the clouds. Under coercion by Darth Vader, Lando was forced to betray Han, Leia, Chewbacca and C-3PO and hand them over to the Empire.

We saw him again in Return of the Jedi (1983) as he helped to lead the attack against the Death Star II. Throughout both films, we’ve learned that he and Han have a rather complicated history characterized by a rough-and-tumble friendship. Most famously, Lando lost the Millennium Falcon to Solo in a card game called Sabacc.

More recently, we’ve seen Lando – albeit in animated form – back in action in Star Wars Rebels. Billie Dee Williams provided the voice for Lando in the Rebels episodes “Idiot’s Array” & “Siege of Lothal.”

As the casting search continues, the code name for young Lando is “Chance”. This may be a nod to the character’s appreciation of cards and dice – and how, incidentally, he lost the Millenium Falcon to Han Solo.

Whichever actor is eventually selected, he will need to be both funny and smooth, to remain consistent with Lando’s character. He will also need to have good chemistry with Alden Ehrenreich, who is cast to play the young Han Solo.

Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (title may change) will premiere May 25th, 2018.

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