The Star Wars saga continues to capture and hold prisoner the imaginations of millions. Since last year word has been that Billy Dee has been considering taking on the role of Lando Calrissian yet again in the latest installment of the Star Wars movie series, "Star Wars Episode VII". However, when the word began to get out, it was not verified whether he would have a role of any substance or simply engage in a cameo appearance. The character was originally introduced in "The Empire Strikes Back", the second installment in the original Star Wars Trilogy. The role continued in "Return of the Jedi".
As of November, 2013, Billy Dee made comments insinuating not only his involvement in the new film, but further verified the information by stating he was working on the film as of that date. According to sources, the work consisted of voice-overs for a Star Wars animated feature, leaving questions as to whether or not he was truly involved in the Episode VII installment. The animated work is tentatively entitled "Star Wars Rebels", and reports have stated he is using the screen name "William Williams". Very original. Further reports state that the animated version is exclusively being created for Netflix, and it is not known if the voice over is for the Lando Calrissian character or another character in the plot.
While fans continue to hope he will make an appearance in Episode VII no solid information has been given, either by the actor himself or the studio making the film. There has been no response to questions asked of the actors manager or publicity agent, leaving all news in a cloud of mystery.
No matter; he is definitely keeping himself busy. Billy Dee Williams has most recently been seen appearing in a New Year's Eve episode of ABC's "Modern Family", in which he plays himself. "Modern Family" appears on Wednesday nights from 9:00 to 9:30 pm Eastern Time.