Tuesday, 13 January 2015
AN 'EMPIRE' AT 35: A FLAIR FOR ADVENTURE! HELLO LANDO CALRISSIAN!
When conceiving the next exciting episode of the STAR WARS saga in 1977, with the later titled The Empire Strikes Back , George Lucas promised new environments and new characters, and he delivered on that promise, firstly with the small but powerful Jedi Master Yoda, and secondly with the important human figure of Cloud City administrator and long-time friend of Han Solo, the equally rogue Lando Calrissian. Though ALIEN's Yaphet Kotto had originally been sounded out to play the character, the role was quickly won and thoroughly inhabited by the equally excellent Billy Dee Williams by 1979, soon after becoming a well deserved icon and family member of the franchise, and just as much of an "old smoothie" as his on screen role.
Lando makes a welcome appearance on US TV screens with this coming January 19th 2015 screening of the STAR WARS REBELS episode, Idiot's Array:
▶ Scoundrel School: Lando Calrissian Returns in Star Wars Rebels - YouTube
Billy Dee Williams reprises 'Star Wars' role in 'Rebels' preview | Inside TV | EW.com
▶ Rebels Recon #10: Inside "Idiot's Array" - YouTube