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Billy Dee Williams 'set to reprise Lando Calrissian in Star Wars: Episode IX'

Billy Dee Williams is set to return to Star Wars (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)

Billy Dee Williams is returning to Star Wars to reprise his much loved character Lando Calrissian.

Lando featured in the original trilogy back in 1980, and was introduced as an old friend of Han Solo.

And now, according to reports, he will be heading back to the franchise for Star Wars: Episode IX.

The 81-year-old sparked rumours of his return when he backed out of making an appearance at an upcoming sci-fi convention.

The Hollywood Reporter revealed at the time that he had pulled out due to the event conflicting with a movie schedule.

Billy Dee Williams 'set to reprise Lando Calrissian in Star Wars: Episode IX'

He will reprise Lando Calrissian (Picture: Getty Images for Disney)

Sources have since confirmed to the publication that the movie in question is in fact Episode IX.

Fans are excited by the rumours and have taken to Twitter to express their delight that Billy could return.

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One wrote: Billy Dee Williams is returning it to the role he was born to play…and all is right with the world!! Welcome Home Lando!!!!

Another added: All Our Hearts Stopped When We Saw Billy Dee Williams Trending Well Thank God Its Just For Star Wars

Someone else said: #BillyDeeWilliams having a role in #EpisodeIX just feels right. Hes one of the last characters from the original series and itll be great to see him and Chewie reunite.

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Billy Dee Williams 'set to reprise Lando Calrissian in Star Wars: Episode IX'

He sparked return rumours when he backed out of a sci-fi convention (Picture: WireImage)

Williams has previously returned to Star Wars when he voiced Calrissian in a number of cartoon series and video games.

Donald Glover portrayed a younger version of Calrissian when he slipped on a cape in this years Solo: A Star Wars Story.

The movie is due to be released next year on 19 December and John Boyega has already started a countdown.

Earlier this month he took to Instagram to make the announcment and wrote: 532 days, 11 hours, 56 minutes, 58 seconds until IX.

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Episode IXs name is still yet to be revealed, and will be the follow-up to 2017s The Last Jedi.

Metro.co.uk have reached out to Billys reps and Disney for comment.

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