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Following Donald Glover's turn as Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story a lot of people hope the future holds great things for young Lando, but could we see the return of the original Lando in Star Wars Episode IX? We have essentially no idea what the final episode of the new trilogy will bring, but a new piece of information has many wondering if it might include the return of Lando Calrissian. Apparently, Billy Dee Williams is working with a personal trainer three times a week and has completely changed his diet, which is an interesting thing for an 81-year-old guy to do, unless he had a goal. Like, say, appearing in an upcoming movie.
To be clear, this is entirely rumor brought on by speculation, but it's certainly interesting speculation. Bill Dee Williams revealed his new training regimen during an appearance at MegaCon Orlando, but there is no direct connection between it and Star Wars Episode IX. It's certainly possible the man just wants to get in shape for his own personal health, something most of us could probably use. However, it's common for actors to get personal trainers when they need to get in shape for a specific role, so it's certainly possible that's the case here. Of course, the role could also be anything, it doesn't need to be Star Wars related, but Episode IX filming should be getting underway here in the next few months, so the timing works out.
While we have to treat this as a rumor, for now, it's certainly not a crazy idea. Star Wars Episode IX will be the first movie in this trilogy without one of the major stars of the original trilogy, and while Episode IX probably doesn't strictly need a connection to the original trilogy, and it does still have Chewbacca, if the new film wants to bring in another character from those films, Lando makes more sense than most.
The fact that we saw a young Lando in Solo: A Star Wars Story has also certainly helped to keep the character fresh in the minds of fans. Many have probably been and are curious about what he's been up to during the events of the new trilogy. Also, considering what we learned about in Lando in that film, it might be nice to see him visit the Millennium Falcon one more time.
We'll have to wait and see if this particular rumor bears fruit. I would certainly love to see Billy Dee Williams make a return as Lando, even if it's just in a small role. He's an important part of the Star Wars saga and, while it appears Donald Glover may keep the character alive, we shouldn't forget the man who originated the role either.