“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” will not get a dose of super-smooth Lando Calrissian.
Director Rian Johnson confirmed Lando’s exclusion from the next entry in the “Star Wars” cinematic saga: “I don’t want fans to get their hopes up,” Johnson told EW. “He’s not in the film and it was never really something that came up. I mean, I loved that character. It would have been fun to see him, but it’s just not something that ever really had a place in the story.”
Many fans had their fingers crossed hoping for a cameo by the character, including the man himself: actor Billy Dee Williams, who played Calrissian in “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi”.
Williams’ manager, Brad Kramer, told EW: “Billy respects the studio and all involved in the decision but would be happy to be in any future ‘Star Wars’ film if asked.”
The 80-year-old actor still waves the “Star Wars” flag proudly, 37 years after debuting in “The Empire Strikes Back”. Williams frequently attends fan conventions and has lent his voice as Lando to the “Star Wars: Rebels” animated show and several “Star Wars” video games.
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” forces its way through theatres Dec. 15, 2017.