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‘Modern Family’ Casts ‘Star Wars’ Vet Billy Dee Williams, Nathan Lane

Modern Family Season 4 Billy Dee WIlliams Nathan Lane
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This deal just keeps getting better all the time!  ‘Modern Family‘ has seem some impressive guest stars across its four seasons, and shows no signs of stopping with big names like Matthew Broderick in the coming weeks, but throw in ‘Star Wars,’ and you’ve got our attention!  Lando Calrissian himself, Billy Dee Williams will make an appearance on the Emmy-gobbling series, while former guest Nathan Lane will put in a return as well.  But who might Calrissian Billy Dee Williams play in a galaxy near, near to home?

Someone must have learned about ‘Star Wars’ vet Billy Dee Williams’ little maneuver at the Battle of Taanab, granting him an appearance on the fourth season of ABC’s ‘Modern Family!’  The Hollywood Reporter claims that the two-time ‘Star Wars’ star will appear as himself in the 13th episode of the season, simply titled “New Year’s Eve.”  The episode will see Jay (Ed O’Neill) taking the family to Palm Springs for New Year’s Eve, encountering Williams in a game of cards.  Did someone say Sabaac?

Also appearing in ‘Modern Family’s fourth season will be Nathan Lane, reprising the role as Mitch and Cam’s flamboyant friend Pepper Saltzman.  Having appeared twice before, Lane will make his return appearance in the season’s 14th episode.

What say you?  Will Billy Dee WIlliams’ TV career take on a new force in the wake of the recent ‘Star Wars’ announcements?  Who would you like to see appear in ‘Modern Family’ next?

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