We also know that this story takes place years after Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, so it makes sense that Lando is a part of the story. It isn't known how large his role is in the overall scheme of things, or if Billy Dee Williams will return, although we would have to imagine that he is chomping at the bit to reprise his famous role. In the original screenplay for Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, Lando died during the attack on the second Death Star.
The big question of who will direct Star Wars: Episode VII remains to be seen. Filmmakers such as Matthew Vaughn and Colin Trevorrow have been mentioned, although we have far more director denials than potential candidates. Top-flight directors such as Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, and Brad Bird have taken themselves out of the running in recent weeks.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes to theaters December 18th, 2015 and stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.