Billy Dee Williams is nothing brief of stoked to be again in the saddle as Lando Calrissian in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The Star Wars legend is getting used to life with the Millenium Falcon once more in a brand new brief launched forward of the film on YouTube. Funko pops stand-in for the actors as Rey enlists Lando’s assist in getting that chook off the floor, and chaos ensues.
The Falcon has seen lots of motion over the course of its existence and the animators of this brief are effectively conscious of that truth. Rey and her mates are scrambling round the ship attempting to actually maintain it collectively in an effort to launch. BB-Eight and D-Zero are frantically rolling round to do their elements as effectively. Parts of the Falcon are falling down, and the mates lastly get the craft in form to start their journey earlier than a display prompts viewers to take a look at The Rise of Skywalker later this 12 months.
Watching a plastic model of Billy Dee Williams ascend that ramp does really feel form of good. This trilogy has had doses of nostalgia to spare for longtime followers, and this installment appears like it is going to lean into these reminiscences once more. Williams has intermittently been the cape-wearing scoundrel since 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back. He reprised the position for Return of the Jedi three years later and has even lent his voice to animated sequence and a few online game tasks.
Lando is reported to have a task just like Maz Kanata (Lupita Nyong’o) in The Force Awakens. He’ll be a form of information for the younger heroes as Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) search for the magical merchandise they should lead the Resistance to victory this time. In some footage from the movie, Williams appears like he’s having the time of his life again in the Star Wars universe.
The Rise of Skywalker presents Lando’s debut in the Sequel Trilogy after being a no-show in the first two movies. This movie goes to be directed and written by J.J. Abrams after the inventive crew simply could not determine the best way to make room for the sequence veteran in The Last Jedi. That iteration’s director Rian Johnson is quoted as saying that there “just wasn’t space” for the smooth-talker.
Johnson truly defined to The Playlist that he “briefly considered” having Lando fill the position ultimately performed by Benicio del Toro. That shady determine profited from either side of the battle between the Resistance and the First Order.
“I don’t think you would ever buy that Lando would just completely betray the characters like that and have that level of moral ambiguity,” Johnson mentioned.
“Because we love Lando and you’d come into it with that [expectation]. And also, DJ, the character that they met, for the purposes of Finn’s character, had to be a morally ambiguous character that you’re not sure about, that you’re guessing about, and we already know that we love the character of Lando so it just wouldn’t have played in that part story-wise.”