Though his name might not be as closely associated with the Star Wars franchise as George Lucas’, the original trilogy as we know it wouldn’t exist without screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, who contributed to both The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. There’s a good reason why fans heralded Kasdan’s return to Star Wars as J.J. Abrams’ writing partner on The Force Awakens with millions of (joyous) cries.
When Vanity Fair sat down with Kasdan, the magazine’s writer asked him if Lando Calrissian would also be returning for The Force Awakens. While some of the original cast returns for the new film, Billy Dee Willians has not been included in any of the pre-release hype. “Right now, there’s no Lando Calrissian in this movie,” Kasdan said. “But Lando I don’t think is finished in any way, shape, or form.”
Well, that might qualify as a half-confirmation that Lando will eventually return, couldn’t it? With two episodic installments still ahead for the new trilogy and spin-off movies in between, it’s difficult to imagine that the folks at Lucasfilm wouldn’t be able to find a spot for such a beloved character, especially when the actor who played him is still with us.
It should be acknowledged that Kasdan isn’t confirming anything, just stating his opinion. We’ll have to wait and see if Lando—young or old—shows up in a future film. Until we find out for sure, it’s worth reading the rest of Vanity Fair’s interview with Kasdan. It’s got some great bits about The Force Awakens’s potential runtime—which sounds like it will be shorter and tighter than your typical blockbuster—and Kasdan’s initial four-letter reaction to hearing that Vader is Luke’s father.