Billy Dee Williams is coming back to a galaxy far, far away, after a 35-year hiatus.

Sources close to the production of Star Wars: Episode IX have confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that Williams is set to reprise his role as the suave Lando Calrissian in Episode IX after not being seen in the Star Wars franchise since 1983's Return of the Jedi, with his first appearance being 1980's The Empire Strikes Back. Lando Calrissian has been a much beloved character in the franchise ever since, sharing the galactic "king of cool" mantle with Harrison Ford's Han Solo – indeed, the Calrissian-Solo chemistry is part of what made both characters so memorable.

Williams has been recently lending his vocal talents to animated depictions of Calrissian, and Donald Glover donned the cape to play a younger version of the beloved Star Wars character in Solo.

Stay with The 405 for more on Episode IX as we hear it. J.J. Abrams returns to the director's chair for it, Keri Russell, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Adam Driver round out the rest of the cast so far. The film is set for a December 20, 2019 release date.