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Billy Dee Williams: “I’m in Star Wars Rebels”

June 7th, 2014 by Marc Comments

We knew this was going to happen, but it’s always nice to hear it from the horse’s mouse…


Our man Benjamin over at The Star Wars Underworld reports: “Billy Dee Williams has confirmed that he is working on Rebels! This news comes from Disney’s Star Wars Weekends which Billy Dee attended. Apparently, during an interview with Weekends host James Arnold Taylor, he spilled the beans on his involvement with the show”

With Rebels happening five years before we meet him in Empire Strikes Back we’ll see a younger Lando Calrissian… will he still be hanging with Han and Chewie? Will this be Disney/Lucasfilm’s way of introducing the Millennium Falcon to new fans before we see it in Episode VII? Who knows, but at least we know the coolest guy in the galaxy is back…

Star Wars Rebels is set between the events of Episode III and IV, an era spanning almost two decades never-before explored on-screen. It takes place in a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape.

Starring a small band of heroes: Sabine, Kanan, Hera, Ezra, Zeb, and Chopper.

Star Wars Rebels will be produced by Lucasfilm Animation, featuring many of the key talents that made Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It’s executive produced by Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg, and Greg Weisman, is scheduled to premiere in fall 2014 as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel and will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world.

It’s expected to debut in October this year

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….