Bring Lando back for Episode 9
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According to Rian Johnson, director of 'Star Wars : The Last Jedi', Lando Calrissian is not going to appear in the eight installment off this magnificent franchise.
''No, and I don’t want fans to get their hopes up. He’s not in the film and it was never really something that came up. I mean, I loved that character. It would have been fun to see him, but it’s just not something that ever really had a place in the story.'' (Source: http://www.joblo.com/movie-news/rian-johnson-confirms-lando-calrissian-will-not-appear-in-the-last-jedi-131-02
But, Billy Dee Williams, the actor who portrayed Calrissian in 'The Empire Strikes Back' and 'Return of the Jedi', made clear that he was up to reprise his role in an upcoming Star Wars movie:
“Billy respects the studio and all involved in the decision but would be happy to be in any future Star Wars film if asked” stated his manager.
(Source : http://www.nme.com/news/film/rian-johnson-confirms-that-iconic-character-wont-return-in-the-last-jedi-2162014#PmkgY72lmqAlXbQf.99
In my opinion, it would be perfect to see him return in the last movie in the Skywalker-saga. Luke, Leia, Chewie, Han, all have had their times to shine in the sequel trilogy, and Lando deserves his turn. He is an iconic character, not as important as the Big Three, but he is indispensable. Without Lando, the events of the Original Trilogy wouldn't have taken place the way they did.
Episode 9 is most likely the last film to explore the story around the Skywalker Family. J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio made clear that he wanted to make Star Wars 9 the movie that connects all three trilogies, the movie that brings everything together, that makes you feel everything takes place in one big universe. I believe that Abrams can create pure magic with Episode 9, but I think Lando somehow needs to be involved, so that every character from the original trilogy has made their way to the sequels.
Williams is 80 years old now, and last year we've seen how fragile the life of an actress/actor can be. No one is immortal, and although Williams can make his appearance in another movie in the future, it would be perfect if he can get his time in the spotlights in the ninth movie.
These two stories tell us that even Mark Hamill and Oscar Isaac care about Lando, and that they want him back for Episode 9.
And, after the divisive Episode 8, it's good to see the charming Lando back to bring fans together in Episode 9.
So, please, Lucasfilm Story Group, J.J. Abrams and all the others involved in this movie (and, don't get me wrong, we are very grateful for everything you do for the franchise), give us, the Star Wars-fan, our pleasure, and bring Lando Calrissian back, for one more time.
PS. Lando is the first one on my wishlist for Episode 9, but I would really like to see more species and characters from the original six movies. Such as Twi'lek, Aqualish, Ithorian and so on. And maybe even a little cameo for Jar Jar Binks or Watto, to close the circle from episode 1 to episode 9. That would be perfect!
But, the most important, please bring Lando back, for one more movie, one more time for this iconic character to shine!
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