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Billy Dee Williams’ time with the Star Wars franchise goes back to The Empire Strikes Back in 1980. Now, he’s joined the cast of the latest installment Star Wars IX.

After making his debut in the second movie of the franchise, chronologically speaking, Williams also appeared in the third movie, Return of the Jedi.

When the character Lando Calrissian appeared in Solo: A Star Wars Story, the younger version was portrayed by Donald Glover.

Rumors of 81-year-old actor Billy Dee Williams’ return to the franchise had been stoked when he had been scheduled for a sci-fi convention, but had to cancel due to filming conflicts.

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