‘Star Wars’ Star Billy Dee Williams Not Mad at Kathleen Kennedy Comments
‘Star Wars Star Billy Dee Williams
NBD – If We Move On From Skywalker …
Fans can deal with it!
5/29/2022 1: 00 AM PT
The president of all things Star Wars pissed off diehard fans by claiming they were moving away from old characters. But one of the OGs isn’t going to trippin’!
We got Billy Dee Williams — who famously played Lando Calrissian in the initial trilogy back in the ’70s — out in L.A. this week … and we asked about all this hubbub in the ‘Star Wars’ universe after Lucasfilm honcho Kathleen Kennedy made some controversial remarks.
Kathleen Kennedy says they learned from ‘SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY’ that getting a new actor to replicate any of the OG characters is near impossible.
“Now it does seem so abundantly clear that we can’t do that.”
ICYMI … Kennedy said they were packing up all the Skywalker stuff and moving it to the shed, as they look forward to new plots and heroes. She also stated that they would never cast new actors to play original fan favorites in the wake of “Solo”… a prequel/origin story.
That was taken as a shot at the actors who portrayed Harrison Ford‘s beloved character, as well as Billy Dee’s … but if you watch our interview with him here, you can tell the dude isn’t stressing nearly as much as some of the fanboys are.
Far from it… in fact, BDW seems like Kennedy’s side about the idea of moving on to bigger and better things — wisely noting that nothing lasts forever even in a faraway galaxy.
For anyone still feeling sour about this, Billy has some words of wisdom: “Star Wars” is changing regardless of your feelings.
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