The presence of most of the key original trilogy characters in the upcoming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has naturally led to questions being asked regarding the few absentees – most notably the lack of Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian.
Though Williams isn’t listed as part of the cast, there has been hope that the actor might make an uncredited cameo in the new J.J. Abrams-directed film. Unfortunately the movie’s co-writer Lawrence Kasdan has shot that down that theory whilst opening another door with some hope, telling Vanity Fair: “Right now, there’s no Lando Calrissian in this movie. But Lando I don’t think is finished in any way, shape, or form.”
One reason for that is Abrams and Kasdan aimed to make the new film very lean and streamlined to avoid the perceived ‘bloat’ of many modern blockbusters which often push into the two-and-a-half hour range these days:
“It’s a big movie. It’s full of wonderful stuff, incident and character stuff and jokes and effects. One of the things that we always refocus on from the get-go was that it not be one of these very long, bloated blockbusters.
A lot of very entertaining movies lately are too long. In the last 20 minutes, you think, why isn’t this over? We didn’t want to make a movie like that. I mean, we were really aiming to have it be – when it’s over you’ll say, ‘I wish there’s more.’ Or, ‘Wait, is it over?’
But it means that there will be constant critical looking at it from now to the end, saying, ‘Do we need this? Do we need that? Is it better if this comes out, even though we love it?’ Killing your darlings.”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opens in cinemas on December 18th.