Stop the press, the news is official.
Billy Dee Williams is returning to the Star Wars universe. Lando Calrissian will be back.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the actor will appear in Star Wars Episode IX.
Williams’ return is hot off the heels of Lando’s role in Solo: A Star Wars Story. In that film, Donald Glover took over as a younger version of the character.
Borys Kit notes Williams’ “voicing Calrissian in various cartoon series and video games” shows his interest in returning to the franchise.
J.J. Abrams will direct the film. Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Adam Driver are reprising their roles as Rey, Finn, Poe and Kylo.
Episode IX will open on December 20, 2019.