Back in 1989 in director Tim Burton’s first Batman film, actor Billy Dee Williams, best known for his role as The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi’s Lando Calrissian, portrayed Gotham City’s district attorney Harvey Dent. One of the reasons that Williams took the role was to sink his teeth into the conflicted Bat-villain Two-Face, who Dent eventually becomes. However, following directorial shakeups that occurred just before the production of Batman Forever, Williams would not have the chance to play one of the Dark Knight’s most iconic villains.
…until now. On Twitter today, Chris McKay, director of The Lego Batman Movie, replied to a fan’s question as to whether Williams will have the opportunity to jump into the Two-Face role denied him so many years ago.
@buddboetticher Please tell me Billy Dee Williams voices Two Face?
— Brent Waller (@BrentOnInternet) November 30, 2016
He does https://t.co/sf1x4NtRzS
— Chris McKay (@buddboetticher) November 30, 2016
Williams will join a star-packed cast, including Will Arnett as Batman, Zach Galifianakis as the Joker, Jenny Slate as Harley Quinn, and Rosario Dawson as Catwoman.
In Lando/Billy Dee related news, Donald Glover was recently cast as a young Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Han Solo Star Wars anthology film. Fingers crossed for Mr. Williams showing up in Episodes VIII or IX. Make it happen, Disney!
The Lego Batman Movie hits theaters in February.