Billy Dee Williams has a condition for Star Wars return, says he's the 'only' Lando

Billy Dee Williams believes he's the 'only one' Lando Calrissian, and there's only one thing that could bring him back to Star Wars.

January 4, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; American actor Billy Dee Williams get set to deliver the
January 4, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; American actor Billy Dee Williams get set to deliver the / Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

We may not have seen the last of Billy Dee Williams' Lando Calrissian.

The 86-year-old played the smooth-talking smuggler-turned-rebel in 1980's The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and reprised the role in 2019's The Rise of the Skywalker. But he is ready to put the cape back on one condition.

When asked what would it take for him to return to the franchise in a recent interview with Radio Times magazine, Williams said, "Pay me a lot of money and I'll sell my soul."

He also shared his thoughts on Donald Glover, the other actor who has played the character on screen. Glover had big shoes to fill while playing a younger version of Lando in 2018's Solo: A Star Wars Story, but he did so with style.

Giving his thoughts on Glover's Lando, Williams said, "He's part of a whole new generation. He'll create whatever he needs to create, to bring appeal to the character. He's a very talented young lad and very imaginative. I mean, it's not for me to say what he should do with the character at this stage."

"I took care of the 20th century, now he’s got to take care of the 21st."

Williams added that they had a "nice little lunch," and he found Glover to be a "delightful young man" who is "extremely talented. However, he still believes there is "only one Lando Calrissian."

As for playing Lando, Williams had a brief but quite significant advice for Glover.

"I told him to be charming - two words! That's all I needed to tell him. That's all I could think of."

Glover was set to write and play in a TV series on Lando, which was announced in December 2020. The show seemingly took a backseat as Disney and Lucasfilm focused on the likes of The Mandalorian, Ahsoka, and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Then, in September 2023, Donald's brother and co-writer on the project, Stephen Glover, revealed on the Pablo Torre Finds Out podcast that the idea had been changed to a feature film.

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