Billy Dee Williams
With the success of Rogue One, everyone is already looking forward to the next anthology film, the Untitled Han Solo film. While we all know that actor Alden Ehrenreich will be filling in Harrison Ford’s big shoes, all eyes are on Donald Glover, who will be replacing Billy Dee Williams as Han’s “old buddy” Lando Calrissian. Glover, who is Hollywood’s “it man” right now, fresh off his show Atlanta as well as his rap career as Childish Gambino also surging, everyone’s excited about the next Star Wars movie. Recently both Billy Dee and Donald Glover met over lunch for the first time for a nice chat. Williams recently spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about his meeting with Glover and his thoughts on him.
Before we were in the “dawn of superhero movies,” superhero films were few and far between. During that time, we didn’t have a new Marvel Cinematic Universe or DC Extended Universe. Instead, we had a few one-off films ere and then. The first “real” superhero film came out in 1989, and it was Tim Burton’s Batman. Modeled after Frank Miller’s “Dark Knight” comic book, we got to see a different Batman from the old 60’s campy TV show. We got our first big screen iteration of the crown prince of crime, and Jack Nicholson gave us our best Joker (at the time). Also included in the classic film was Michael Keaton (“Mr. Mom”) as Batman, and we were introduced to District Attorney Harvey Dent, played surprisingly by actor Billy Dee Williams. While Williams never played his alter ego (Two-Face) as he was replaced by actor Tommy Lee Jones in subsequent films (with no explanation for the racial switchback). Some fans were disappointed as they were denied of Williams playing the role. It looks like we may finally be getting the Billy Dee Williams Two-Face we have been wanting for more than 28 years.
I was looking through some files earlier today and found this bit of news listed under “Awesome.” When the old guard from the first ‘Star Wars’ trilogy was enlisted to return for ‘Episode 7: The Force Awakens,’ nobody mentioned Billy Dee Williams. Principal shooting began; Harrison Ford lost a fight with a door; Mark Hamill rocked a dope Jedi beard; some people saw a black Storm Trooper and called the cops; and talk of a SW theme park drew buzz. 2014 was the year of Star Wars chatter, but there was little to no talk of why BDW hadn’t joined the cast. It makes me wonder why this issue wasn’t addressed earlier. But we’ve the scoop on his hopeful return in Episode 8. (more…)
It looks like the Galaxy is getting a whole lot smoother because the original galactic cool man himself is returning to the Star Wars Universe. That’s right, Lando Calrissian is dropping in on the Star Wars Rebels story line. Better still, the one and only Billy Dee Williams will be providing that smooth talker’s voice! (more…)
Just a day after we reported Peter Mayhew would be reprising his role as Chewbacca, we have received news that another Original Trilogy character would NOT be returning for Star Wars: Episode VII.
When it was announced that Billy Dee Williams would be joining the latest cast of Dancing With the Stars, it was a given that at some point he would dance a Star Wars themed routine. He and partner Emma Slater went for it right out of the box with last nights performance. He moves pretty damn well for a 76 year old (77 on April 6th) that has undergone two hip replacements. Now we know that he should have no real physical problems reprising his role as Lando in the new Star Wars movies. (more…)
So last night, at Dragon Con…
Things were bumpin’ as it was Saturday night! Two of Dragon Con’s biggest parties went down: The Heroes and Villains Ball where cosplaying guests go straight to the front of the line, and the Last Party on Alderaan where you dance like there’s no tomorrow.
But before we could party away Saturday night we had to survive Saturday morning. That’s when the Dragon Con Parade invades downtown Atlanta. Thousands of spectators, con-goers and normies alike lined the streets to take in Atlanta’s largest parade and here are few of the highlights (including Ernie Hudson and Billy Dee Willaims!),
Mos Eisley, you will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. Oh and Wednesday is wing night!
The Cantina scene from Star Wars Episode IV has to count as an iconic moment in nerd cinema, with its exotic local and its rag tag mix of bizarre aliens and ne’er do wells. I’m sure we all agree it is a place that we’d love to see more of (special editions and prequels notwithstanding.)
Well look at this, The Nerdist (Chris Hardwick) has rounded up Patton Oswalt, Carrie Keagan, Jason Schwartzman, Mike Phirman and, Billy Dee Williams (oh Lando, how I have missed you) for a little Karaoke, Star Wars style!
At this point, I believe it’s a done deal for the main three original cast members – Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford – to return for Episode VII. While not yet made official, I’ve got a good feeling it will be before long. How about other members of the original cast? C-3PO and R2-D2? Without them it just wouldn’t be Star Wars, so I’d imagine Anthony Daniels will return, if only for the voice, but I’m pretty sure Kenny Baker‘s out of luck. The only little Artoo we’ll be seeing will most definitely be CGI.
And what of Lando Calrissian? The coolest cat in the galaxy? Film Buff has the scoop that when asked at a recent Monster Mania convention in New Jersey, Billy Dee Williams confirmed he has been asked to return for Episode VII. The quote from friend of the site, Henry R., being,
Billy Dee said, he has been asked, but hasn’t decided if he is going to do it or not yet.
Hasn’t decided?!? Come on, Billy, please! I think I speak for all Star Wars fans when I say, we want to know what Lando’s up to? I’m hoping he retired well, got a nice place to spend the rest of his days, y’know?
Who else from the original cast are you hoping will appear? Still no word on whether or not Chewbacca will make an appearance. Though I fear Peter Mayhew wouldn’t be up to reprise him, there’s no reason another couldn’t fill that furry suit, right?