ByJames M. Tate, writer at Creators.co
Top Shark Cinema Writer at CultFilmFreaks.com and Now a Movie Pilot Remora...
James M. Tate

In STAR WARS EPISODE 5: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, the rogue of rogues, Han Solo, was becoming a bit domesticated. Sure he could zip around through asteroid fields, had a smart alleck wit and continued to steal the franchise, but he was becoming smitten with a princess, and what was needed at the end of EMPIRE was another maverick...

In that we had Lando Calrissian, and in this 11th hour role, Billy Dee Williams brought more than much-needed color to the popular space adventure. Lando had layers and a background... A colleague of Han's, he was the original owner of the Millenium Falcon, and was a genuine "scoundrel," yet he had a pretty worthy day job, running the giant casino in the sky, Cloud City...

When Lando sold out our heroes to the Empire, he was already a torn, guilty character, naive enough to think he could strike a deal with Darth Vadar for "his people." In this pivotal role, and in perhaps the best of the STAR WARS films, Billy Dee Williams really added something... Plus he's the second person to destroy an Empire-run Death Star... Now if that's not important...

So why is he missing, or seems to be missing, from the cast of [Star Wars: Episode VII](movie:711158)? Well we can only hope he's called back into the fray, and not given one of those lame dialogue-deaths... A quick mention of a heart attack followed by a semi-somber moment of silence.

Screw that! Bring Billy Dee back. We need some soul to the galaxy, once again. And a character that keeps Han on his toes, "old friend."

By James M. Tate


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