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Where Has Lando Calrissian Been After Return of the Jedi
In a time in Hollywood where everything is a sequel or a re-make, these new films beg an important question within the fiction of the story: Where have all these characters been for the decades between movies?
It’s no different with legendary actor Billy Dee Williams, whom Esquire interviewed for our Winter issue in advance of his return to the Star Wars franchise for The Rise of Skywalker. Aside from sharing his Trump story and weighing in on Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford’s on-set Star Wars romance, Williams speculated on what his Star Wars character, Lando Calrissian, has been up to since the events of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
If you’ll remember, Calrissian went incognito to save Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt, was almost swallowed by a Sarlacc, and piloted the Millennium Falcon once again in an attack on the second Death Star. So what does one do after such heroics?
“I always imagined Lando being like Steve Wynn, running Las Vegas,” Williams said. “Because he’s a gambler. But he was a bit of a showman, a bit of an entrepreneur. That’s how I see Lando. I never necessarily saw him as a general running around shooting things.”
And if Episode IX ends up not having enough Lando for you, don’t worry—Williams didn’t totally close the door on the character never appearing in the Star Wars universe after this December’s entry. (And before you ask, Williams doesn’t know Lando’s ultimate The Rise of Skywalker fate either.)
“It’s a conclusion—certainly it depends on how much money is generated. That’s when they determine where’s the conclusion,” he told Esquire. “The one thing about show business, you can resurrect anything.”
That’s true, if we’re lucky, Williams will get his own stand-alone movie that’s more like Casino in space.