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Billy Dee Williams is returning for the next the Star Wars installment and folks are super excited … and relieved.

After news broke that he would be reprising his role as Lando Calrission for Star Wars: Episode IX, he began trending on Twitter, and people immediately thought he had passed away.


We’ll be honest we thought the same thing. Williams is 81 years old after all, so seeing his name as a trending topic and no further explanation definitely made out hearts drop.

Thankfully he’s still alive and will be bringing all that suaveness back to a galaxy far far away.

Williams famously played Calrissian, in 1980’s Empire Strikes Back and in 1983’s Return of the Jedi. This would be his first return back. Donald Glover portrayed a young Calrissian in Solo: A Star War’s Story … he did a decent job, but according to Billy, “Nobody’s got my swag.”

Maybe the folks at Disney got the memo. Episode IX is being directed by J.J. Abrams and will reunite Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver, among others. The film is set to open Dec. 20, 2019.

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