A few weeks ago, it surfaced that The Butler star David Oyelowo has auditioned for the role of Lando Calrissian’s son in Star Wars Episode VII and today it looks like that whole situation is really starting to heat up. Oyelowo has spoken about the audition and essentially confirmed that it happened but hasn’t mentioned if he’s been cast or heard any word back on such a thing happening.
But the actor recently spoke to E! Online and hardly denied anything when asked if he had been cast in the film. He didn’t confirm anything but it’s sounding like he’s dropping some major hints or at the very least lobbying hard for the role.
“Everyone is asking me about Star Wars,” Oyelowo said, via E! Online. “The breaking news is J.J. Abrams is going to give you that breaking news.”
But the plot thickens when you bring in Billy Dee Williams to the mix, as Lando himself recently spoke about where his character will go in the new Star Wars Episode VII film and he gave some very interesting perspective. The actor stated that he wanted the writers to create a daughter character for him, but instead said that was rejected for a plot that includes a son who is the film’s villain.
“My idea was to come back with a daughter who was a Jedi, a beautiful daughter who was a Jedi,” Williams said, via ComicBook.com. “But then somebody else came up with the idea of having a son, who’s a villain, which would be very interesting.”
Who exactly came up with that idea is unknown as it could be anyone from someone at Lucasfilm to a random passerby. But with rumors swirling that the daughter of Han Solo and Princess Leia will be the main character of the new film, the idea that Lando’s son is the villain pitted against her is something that hardly seems like a boring idea.