Don't miss Lando Calrissian singing in a 'Star Wars' cantina

In the name of charity and geekdom, one of the smoothest operators around makes a musical return to a galaxy far, far away. Bonus: bunches of "Star Wars" character and celebrity cameos.

We were hoping to see Billy in his Cloud City administrator digs, but we'll take what we can get. Screenshot by Christopher MacManus/CNET

You never know who will show up in the shady halls of Chalmun's Cantina on the desolate desert planet of Tatooine.

Over the last week leading up to the San Diego Comic-Con, an event called Course of the Force has celebrated the "Star Wars" saga and raised money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation in the process. On behalf of the event, Billy Dee Williams (who played Lando Calrissian in "Star Wars") sang a not-so-stirring, yet still amusing rendition of "West Coast" by Coconut Records.

The musical production will likely impress hardcore "Star Wars" fans, as it's awash with quotes and characters from the original trilogy. I actually found myself impressed with the likeness of the cantina and the high-quality costumes seen throughout the nearly 4-minute video. It's great fun to see Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes, Nien Nunb, Dr. Evazan (and Ponda Baba), Lobot, and so many more side characters that only lore junkies would appreciate.

A number of geeky celebrities -- including Jason Schwartzman (who wrote "West Coast"), Patton Oswalt, Carrie Keagan, Chris Hardwick, and Mike Phirman -- also make appearances as various characters from the sci-fi saga. Be sure to watch the making-of video, and if you're inclined, download Williams' version of the song.

 

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