For Star Wars fans, lovable rogue Lando Calrissian has always stood out as the coolest guy in the galaxy and its most prominent person of color.
The character was brought to life in the blockbuster original trilogy in 1980′s The Empire Strikes Back and 1983′s Return of the Jedi by the charismatic sex symbol Billy Dee Williams.
Now that George Lucas has sold the rights to future Star Wars sequels to Disney rumors are swirling about a re-emergence of the original movies’ cast.
Williams, who is now 75, had nothing but good things to say about the high-profile deal.
“I am very honored to have been a part of the Star Wars universe, the fans have made me feel so welcome and loved. George was a very smart and lucky individual who has been fortunate enough to create an empire that has touched so many lives. Like Walt Disney himself, George has inspired so many and I think it’s fitting that the Disney company has the chance to use its own creative efforts to continue the stories of a galaxy far, far away,” said Williams.
Rumors are swirling about whether the original trilogy’s stars will return to their famous roles, or if the new films will represent another generation of the Star Wars universe.
E! Online recently speculated about potential replacements for the aging Williams, if filmmakers decide to reboot the franchise with new actors playing the established heroes and villains.
They conducted a poll about who could fill in as Calrissian, the smooth as silk gambler whose shifting alliances eventually lead him to a relationship with the forces of good.
Idris Elba, Jeffrey Wright, Anthony Mackie, and even Kal Penn were all offered up as legitimate options.
What do you think? Can anyone fill Billy Dee Williams’ shoes?