Now, hopefully after 8 months and over 3000 posts, you’re familiar enough with Fantha Tracks to know that our main stock in trade is daily news, and lots of it. The deeper diving articles we’ve posted – Black Diamond, Trixie, Kenobi: A Star Wars Story, Gary Fisher in The Last Jedi – have all been well researched and – as far as they can be given how far out we are from Episode IX – proven to be correct.

With that in mind, we’re about to drop another juicy piece of news on you. Many will consider it a spoiler, so please, if you are at all sensitive to that then step away right now.

Still here? Ok then, don’t say we didn’t warn you….

Ok, so given the current mood of fandom and the bad smell that’s permeating Star Wars right now it’s time for some good, healthy, positive news. And that news is….

Billy Dee Williams is back for Episode IX as Lando Calrissian.

We were asked by our original source to verify this with another independent source before we ran with it. We did that, confirming that this is indeed correct (and before anyone asks, we’re not going to name our sources because that’s not how this works). Filming on Episode IX starts next month, so expect to see official confirmation of this exciting casting very soon.

So, there’s something to take away for Father’s Day. Following on from his younger version appearing in Solo: A Star Wars Story we can now look forward to the original Lando returning to the role in just 550 days time.