With no involvement in Episode VII, it seems as if we may have seen the last of Lando Calrissian on the big screen. Yet Star Wars: Episode VII isn’t the only Star Wars property out there now. Star Wars Rebels is right around the corner, coming this fall, and Billy Dee Williams will return to his classic role.
Writer-Producer Simon Kinberg sat down with Collider and spoke about writing the show and brining back the character of Lando Calrissian.
SIMON KINBERG: "I am the co-creator of Star Wars Rebels, the executive producer of the show, and I’ve written a bunch of episodes. So when it airs, it will be in a sort of “Movie-of-the-Week” format where two episodes air back-to-back, and I wrote those two episodes. And then I wrote the season finale that we’re just working on now… And then as the executive producer, I will read all the scripts. I will sometimes run a pen through them and rewrite stuff in the scripts that lots of other really talented writers have worked on. I will watch cuts of the show, I will give notes on whatever I think about performance or score or animation, but they have such an amazing team of people, many of whom are Clone Wars alums like Dave Filoni, who’s as much of a creative voice on the show as anybody. So they put a great team together. They really know what they’re doing. And I will come in, and look at stuff, and give input, and occasionally write episodes. So the first season I’m responsible for writing three episodes—the first two and the last one".
So Billy Dee Williams may not be in Episode VII, so far anyway, but a chance to see a slightly younger version in Star Wars Rebels? We say bring it on!
Check out the interview below.