It seems that the news and rumor cycle for 2015's Star Wars: Episode VII, now fully cooking with Tibanna gas, has shifted its attention to the actor who played the galaxy's premiere mustachioed Lothario himself, Billy Dee Williams. According to a report, Williams confirmed that he has indeed been approached by the Disney-sized Lucasfilm to reprise his role as Lando Calrissian. -- He just hasn't decided if he will (or can) take the role.
In a brief exchange with a friend of the FilmBuff Online, Williams fielded the inevitable question of all questions this past weekend at the Monster Mania convention in New Jersey with a surprisingly direct response:
"Billy Dee said, he has been asked, but hasn’t decided if he is going to do it or not yet."
With all the talk about the Original Trilogy Trifecta (Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher) returning through various unconfirmed reports, it was inevitable that the prospective return of Billy Dee Williams' smooth-talking former smuggler would be the next subject of the rumor mills. For the actor, who played Lando in 1980's The Empire Strikes Back and 1983's Return of the Jedi, the role has been one he's owned up to proudly over the years, supporting it with participation in various Star Wars-related projects and regular convention appearances before adoring fans. So, the willingness to return is likely there. However, as he rounds the age of 76 in a few weeks, perhaps the deciding factor will rest on the size and scope of the role and its potential physical demands.
Based on what little we know, the sequel films, kicking-off with director, J.J. Abrams' Episode VII, will likely focus on the next generation of main protagonists with the Skywalker and Solo children, who are heavily documented in the Expanded Universe of Star Wars comic books, novels, video games, etc. In essence, these movies will be THEIR story. Thus, it's hard to imagine that anything that would be asked of the original cast (in supporting roles) would be so physically taxing that it would warrant anyone not returning.
I don't know about anyone else, but I can't imagine a cast of returning Star Wars players without the Colt 45-consuming Cloud City Cassanova.