Harrison Ford Could Play Han Solo Again in 'Star Wars: Episode VII'
Now that's some exciting news. While we're still waiting to hear who might direct and/or write Star Wars: Episode VII (Matthew Vaughn is a big rumor for now, and we have ten choices of our own), it sounds like some more important elements of a new trilogy are potentially coming together. EW has a "highly placed source" who took the time to grease fans' wheels by remarking that Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are all open to reprise their roles as Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia. The source simply says, "Harrison is open to the idea of doing the movie and he’s upbeat about it, all three of them are.”
However, in the case of Harrison Ford, he might have a certain stipulation about his character if he were to return. Though Ford is certainly grateful for his turn in the franchise, he told ABC in 2010:
"As a character [Han Solo] was not so interesting to me. I thought he should have died in the last one to give it some bottom. George didn’t think there was any future in dead Han toys."
It's relatively sad that a decision like that was made because of merchandising, and it just goes to show you that after Lucas retained those rights, he let his passion for storytelling go out the window in favor of rolling in the dough from toy sales. But now, with Lucas out of the kitchen, it would be nice to see these old characters return in some capacity, to create a link to the old trilogy, and then pass the torch on to new characters, maybe even the children of Han and Leia. It's hard to know what will happen since Disney and Lucasfilm are reportedly going with an original story outside of any existing books or comics.
As for the legitimacy of this rumor, most writers and fans are being careful to clarify just how legitimate or illegitimate each story would be. EW writer and former Hero Complex editor Geoff Boucher tried to convince doubtful minds on the story via Twitter saying, "If you knew my source you would care. But I understand sentiment and it's one of the reasons I rarely use unnamed sources." This is something we're all aware of, especially with stories about Star Wars: Episode VII, but just know that we're not running with a story unless we've done our best to double check sources. And if there's no back-up confirmation, we'll always point out the potential for it being only a rumor. As always, stay tuned for Episode VII updates.