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Billy Dee Williams wants to return as Lando in 'Star Wars 7'

Billy Dee Williams has expressed a keen interest in returning to the 'Star Wars' universe.

Speaking to Seattle radio station 95.7 KJR, Williams declared that he would love to reprise his role as Lando Calrissian in J.J. Abrams' upcoming sequel.

"Well, I'm like everybody else, we're all speculating and we're all wondering. If they want me to participate, I'd love to participate," he said.

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Harrison Ford, who was reported as having signed a return deal last week, famously wanted his character Han Solo to die in a display of self-sacrifice - Billy Dee certainly doesn't want the same for this character.

"I love the idea of keeping the character alive. And I specifically want to keep him alive, as long as I'm alive."

Alive!

He went on to talk about the whereabouts of his character following the fall of the Empire, "There are an awful lot of stories out thereā€¦ Books that have been written on Lando's adventures. So he's all over the place. He's going from galaxy to galaxy."

Williams first played the role in 1980's 'The Empire Strikes Back', reprising it three years later in the climatic film in the saga's first trilogy.

"'Empire' was very good. Of course you had Irv Kershner [directing] the film. It became a really wonderful, exceptional experience."

Since then he has reprised his role in video games and on television, playing along on pop culture satire 'Robot Chicken'.

"Even now," he says "I do 'Robot Chicken', I do ['Star Wars'] detours. So it's ongoing."

Last week Mark Hamill confirmed talks had taken place for some of the original cast to return to the series in supporting roles, though he did not specify which cast members.

'Star Wars: Episode 7' is set for release in 2015.