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It’s Official. Lando Is Going To Appear in ‘Episode IX’

Lucasfilm hasn’t confirmed that Billy Dee Williams will reprise his role for Episode IX but it’s become obvious that he will as he has recently canceled a bunch of his conference engagements throughout the rest of the year. Hmm, I wonder why. And honestly, this is great news.

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Every classic Star Wars character besides Lando has been involved with this current trilogy. For years Star Wars fans have been wondering where is everyone’s favorite caped smuggler-turned-rebel? We had been given the explanation that he was once again Baron of Cloud City but that felt like a sorry excuse not to have him participate in the films. I’m so glad to think that finally he will get the recognition he deserves and play, hopefully, a decent-sized role in this upcoming Star Wars movie.

Ah, I’m so excited! I can’t wait to see what Lando will be up to over thirty years after the events of Return of the Jedi and I’m so glad J.J Abrams is telling this story. He brought so much magic and nostalgia to The Force Awakens with his perfect revival of these classic characters which means he will provide Lando plenty of justice.

I would also love to see a settled down Lando with potentially a wife or at least a child. When the first rumors started coming out for Episode IX one of those rumors was that a young actress of color was being cast for a mysterious role and some people, including me, suspected that this new character could be Lando’s daughter. Wouldn’t that be awesome?

Not only would that perfectly fit in with the tone of this trilogy which is highly focused one the next generation of young heroes but I think I would lose it if Lando returned with a beautiful daughter in tow. I mean, can you imagine how cool she would be, cape and all?

Of course, this may be a bunch of bologna and Lando may not return in Episode IX after all, for like I said before, Lucasfilm hasn’t confirmed he will appear in this trilogy finale. But if he does it will be very exciting indeed. 🙂

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a splendid day. May the Force be with you.

Qi’Ra or Lando: Who Should Have Their Own ‘Star Wars’ Story?

In the past week rumors have been circulating that Lucasfilm is putting a halt to the Star Wars stories and thankfully those wild rumors have been laid to rest, allowing me to continue to brainstorm about the characters in Star Wars who should have their own standalone films in the future. Solo definitely hinted at the possibility of a sequel but there also could be plenty of spin-offs stemming from the movie’s characters as it introduced us to characters who not only played impeccable roles in the film but also were surprisingly interesting at the same time. One of those brand new faces was Qi’Ra, a mysterious femme fatale with a dark secret. And then one of the more familiar faces belonged to Lando who became an instant fan favorite after Donald Glover’s suave rendition of the character. Between these two characters who brought such enjoyment to the film which should end up getting their own Star Wars story? That’s what I’m here to share with you. Enjoy!

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Lando Is Rumored To Appear In ‘Episode IX’

Have you ever wondered why every classic Star Wars character from the original trilogy returned except for Lando Calrissian? Well, it looks like that conundrum will be resolved as rumors have recently surfaced that Billy Dee Williams will indeed reprise his role as Lando Calrissian for Episode IX and I couldn’t be happier.

J.J Abrams did a marvelous job bringing these wonderful characters from the original trilogy back into the Star Wars universe in The Force Awakens and I have no doubt that he will do Lando justice in Episode IX.

Of course, these are just rumors and it hasn’t been officially announced that Billy Dee Williams has been cast for the movie but if these rumors are true then my excitement for Episode IX has just grown a little bit more.

Do these rumors excite you as well? I’d love to hear your opinion in the comments below. I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day. May the Force be with you.

Lando, a Charming Scoundrel

I wrote a post a few weeks ago about my excitement for Lando in Solo: A Star Wars Story and that excitement hasn’t dwindled in the slightest. And to hear all of the great feedback that has been given to Donald Glover’s portrayal of the character I couldn’t be more pumped to see him in this film.

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Billy Dee Williams’ Lando Calrissian has always been a great character but he’s never been one of my favorites. He’s charismatic and charming in a way that I felt only Williams could conjure and the thought of another actor taking that beloved Star Wars character and molding it to his own seemed just as impossible as Alden Ehrenreich taking the mantle of Han Solo. When they announced Donald Glover was cast to play Lando I could only wait patiently and hope he would bring the level of swagger needed to really convince me he would be a great Lando. Um…he did! I haven’t even watched the film yet and I’m already LOVING this new Lando. So much in fact that when I think of Lando I think of Donald Glover’s rendition first rather than Billy Dee Williams’ version of the character. That is exactly the response I wanted to have.

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Lando, like I said before, is a great character but unlike Han, Luke, and Leia his story hasn’t been fleshed out as much as theirs. He had a small but prominent role in both The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi and he’s the only major character from the original trilogy that hasn’t made an appearance in this current trilogy so far. So the fact that this movie is going to provide us more content for the character and content that highlights a younger stage in his life is even more awesome.

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I’m also excited just to see what part he exactly plays in this movie. I know at some point in the film he will befriend Han because that’s a no-brainer but I’m also interested in seeing how he handles himself in the criminal underworld. Is he one to take orders or give the orders? Is he, at this time in his life, cordial to those around him or surprisingly ruthless? And how will his relationship be with Qi’Ra, considering that he’s the galaxy’s biggest womanizer? And will we get to see him (hopefully) pilot the Millennium Falcon before Han ultimately takes it from him? These are the questions I can’t wait to be answered and thankfully I only have a little while until they will be.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a splendid day. May the Force be with you.

This Is Definitely the Best Poster for ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ So Far

The marketing for Solo: A Star Wars Story has officially begun to ramp up and a few days ago they brought out a new poster for the film which actually is the greatest poster they’ve made so far. Here it is.

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So this is the international poster for the movie and I love the Rogue One vibe it’s giving as it’s stacking all of the characters in a hierarchy type of fashion and it’s kind of really cool. I also like the sunrise color scheme. It hints that the dawn of a new big shot in town is coming and that will obviously be Han Solo. Awesome! I also love seeing all of the characters as well. It’s obvious that the four most important characters will be Han, Qi’Ra, Chewbacca, and Lando, which is super exciting. I have to admit, this poster is getting me a little pumped for this movie.

I’ve also just recently gotten the main gist of the movie which is this; Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson) is putting together a sort of Avengers of smugglers for a big-shot gangster, Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany) to perform a heist job that’ll obviously pay them a lot of money. That sounds ridiculously awesome because there’s never been a story like that in Star Wars before. Maybe this movie is going to be really good after all because that sounds like an awesome plot. And I’m sure this movie will be full of shocking-but-not-that-shocking betrayals that’ll reveal how Han truly became his namesake; Han Solo.

All in all, I’m actually starting to get excited for this movie. I thank you for reading and I hope you have a beautiful day. May the Force be with you.

The Ten Characters That Should Have Their Own ‘Star Wars’ Story

When Disney bought Star Wars and announced they would be making new movies I could’ve never imagined the concept of Star Wars stories. With the addition of these new standalone films in LucasFilm’s repertoire they can tell stories in even greater detail by focusing on certain characters and events and bringing those personal tales that normally wouldn’t have been told to life. Rogue One was the first of these Star Wars stories and it showed me how versatile the Star Wars franchise has truly become as it conveyed a story that had been hinted to us but never fully realized until now. Now Solo: A Star Wars Story is coming out in little over a month and that movie is going to provide us an in-depth look into how Han became the charming rogue that he was by the events of A New Hope. Yay? And it seems that Obi-Wan Kenobi will be getting his own standalone film in the coming years.

But there are so many more fascinating stories that can be told, stories that transcend just the timelines that we know and move beyond our recollection of Star Wars knowledge to tell brand new tales waiting to be seen. Of course, those stories probably won’t be portrayed anytime soon but there are a bunch of characters in this stretch of the Star Wars timeline that need their own movies to tell their stories. So, here are ten characters who I think LucasFilm should definitely consider taking a crack at in the near future. Enjoy!

10. General Hux

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Okay, I know it sounds a little odd imagining a Star Wars story involving General Hux, a character that I’m pretty sure isn’t an ultimate fan favorite, but just hear me out. Hux isn’t a major character by any means in this current trilogy but he does have a rather interesting back story that conveys how he became the ruthless General that he is in the first place.

His father, Brendol Hux, had an illegitimate son (baby Hux) with a mistress and as a result he treated his son poorly. Younger Hux grew up with immense disdain for his father as he slowly grew higher in the ranks of the First Order. By the time he was a young man he ended up having Captain Phasma, his newfound ally, assassinate his father, Brendol Hux, and in the process obtained the rank of general. Hux looks like someone who can be manipulated and easily run over but there is a lot more calculation and ruthlessness to the young officer than meets the eye. (I learned all of that interesting stuff about the First Order general through the book, Phasma.)

I think it would be fascinating to see his story in greater detail because of a couple of reasons. One, it’ll be an excuse to bring Phasma back into another Star Wars movie. 🙂 And two, there’s never been a Star Wars movie that has focused on the political inner workings of an organization. That could provide a refreshing change of tone in what we’ve come to expect from a Star Wars movie. There probably will never be a Hux Star Wars story but it’s still an interesting idea.

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Is it Bad That I’m More Excited To See Lando In ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Than Han Solo?

When I heard that Disney was going to make a Star Wars story about a young Han Solo I was skeptical but also a tad excited as well. And then when they announced that a younger Lando would also make an appearance in this film I was definitely worried. Who could possibly replace Billy Dee Williams as the cool, smooth talking smuggler, Lando Calrissean? Well, I am no longer worried because Donald Glover has taken the character of Lando to the next level! Ever since I saw his version of the suave smuggler in the first teaser I knew I was going to like this new Lando a LOT but after this latest trailer it’s pretty much confirmed that he’s going to be the coolest character in the movie. But isn’t that bad? The last time I checked this movie was called Solo: A Star Wars Story, not Lando, the Coolest Dude in the Galaxy: A Star Wars Story and that’s terrible because I feel like the only reason why I’m excited to see this movie is because of Lando, not the main character.

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I mean, he’s got himself one of the coolest droids I’ve ever seen in L3-37, he’s the rightful owner of a rather clean and pristine Millennium Falcon which is really cool, he’s got the finest outfit of the bunch, even Qi’Ra, and he’s just downright really awesome looking.

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I think another reason why I’m so excited to see Lando in this movie is because he was such a small character in the original trilogy and yet he was so intriguing. I’ve always wanted to know a little more about him but until now that wasn’t possible, from a movie standpoint anyway. With this film I’ll finally get a crash course on who Lando was before we find him as the governor of the Cloud City and I’m SO excited!

Now, I don’t know how heavy his involvement in this movie will be and that’s saddening because I’m really digging this character WAY more than Han Solo. But maybe that’s a good thing. Maybe Disney will see all of the positivity surrounding this new Lando and give him his own standalone film asap because he totally deserves one already. Whatever the case, I’m just hoping he’ll remain in the movie for at least an hour of the film’s time because that will make me very happy. 🙂

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day. May the Force be with you.