There are few facts that are actually known about the upcoming “Star Wars: Episode VII.” Fact: it’s due out in 2015. Fact: Michael Arndt is writing the script. Fact: it will start a new “Star Wars” trilogy.
It still hasn’t been confirmed that this story will take place after “Return of the Jedi,” or that it will feature Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia or that — the biggest stretch — Darth Vader will be resurrected. But the first two of those rumors have been mostly taken at face value, which is why so many people are bombarding Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford with questions about their involvement.
Well, add Billy Dee Williams to the list of actors who should be bugged. The erstwhile Lando Calrissian has already been asked by TMZ if he’d want a role in “Star Wars: Episode VII,” to which he replied, “I suppose so” (in TMZ talk, that equals “LANDO’S DOWN FOR A COMEBACK!!!!!”), but it turns out there could be some substance to that question. A former Lucasfilm employee tells Moviehole that Arndt’s script brings back Luke, Han, Leia and Lando in some capacity, though the return of the four beloved characters is far from confirmed.
Considering the fact Lando was alive at the end of “Return of the Jedi” and he was buds with Han Solo again, it doesn’t seem like much of a stretch that he would be brought back into the “Star Wars” universe if the other three central characters are as well. For now, it is exciting that Lando (rumoredly) has a role in Arndt’s treatment, though it would be nice to have some new characters introduced as well.