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07/10/2018 12:29 am ET

Lando's Back! Billy Dee Williams Reportedly Will Reprise Iconic 'Star Wars' Role.

Actor set to return to the big screen in next year's "Episode IX."

Billy Dee Williams is reportedly returning to the big screen as Lando Calrissian in the next “Star Wars” film. 

Williams will portray the beloved space scoundrel in “Episode IX,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. 

The film, directed by J.J. Abrams, is set for release Dec. 20, 2019, with filming expected to start soon. 

Lando returned to the big screen last spring in the prequel film “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” in which the younger version of the character was portrayed by Donald Glover

Williams hasn’t played Lando on film since 1983′s “Return of the Jedi,” and the character hadn’t appeared in 2015′s “Episode VII” or 2017′s “Episode VIII.”  

However, Williams has been active as Lando in other parts of the franchise, lending his voice to video games, such as “Star Wars: Battlefront,” and animated series, including “Star Wars Rebels.”

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