Harrison Ford Could Play Han Solo Again in 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

November 6, 2012
Source: EW

Harrison Ford

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.

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  • OfficialJab
    That's okay with me. The only new I want, though, is the director. I'm so excited for this.
  • Very unlikely that either Carrie Fisher or Harrison Ford would have sizeable roles based on whats been said about 7-9 having little to do with the Original Trilogy...I have no doubt that any and all of the original actors would reprise their roles given the chance, but I think Anthony Daniels is likely to have more of a role than anyone else...
    • Richie G
      I want Denis Lawson to come back ftw
    • C3POisgay
      I hope not, I am so sick and tired of that homosexual droid. He just took it too far in the prequels.
  • This would be awesome. I'd LOVE to see this happen.
  • David Cox
    I'm exciting watch new episode coming soon. Let me make guess what Episode VII about. Prince Leia will be pregnant for next generation Episode?
    • Leia Organa Solo and Han Solo had 3 children. One dies a hero and one dies a Sith Lord. Chewbacca dies saving the youngest Solo child. This is all cannon.
      • Littletiny
        That was a stupid story. you know how Chewy died?!?! A moon fell on him!!! How ridiculous. And the fact that they kept killing off Lukes and Leias children is morbid... hey, maybe it should be a Disney movie after all!
    • jimmyjohn
  • I can see Disney really screwing up cannon. Lucas kept a tight control over all story decisions, from movies, to books, to animation. I don't expect Disney to be as careful.
    • Anonymous
      Um, If Lucas kept such tight control over all the story decisions so well, why do so many things not match up between things like the original trilogy and prequel trilogy? If it weren't for the last rushed 20 minutes of Revenge of the Sith, the 2 series would barely feel connected.
      • Surname
        "the last rushed 20 minutes"?!? The damn light saber duel took like forever! But you are kinda right.
        • genegene
          Thats what he did though, he spent so much time on some things (like a stupid pod race) that he ran out of time for the important things and refused to let the movies run long to tell the story.
      • Jericho
        thats why there were fifteen books to explain it........
    • MikEy
      Yeah this is how we ended up with Darth Vader being the designer and manufacturer of C3PO! Lucas needed some editorial controlling!
  • Zanpher
    Despite disney's long history of screwing things up. It sounds like they are using their brains with this one. 1. They are not using the alternate universe (non-cannon/extended universe) material. 2. Sounds like they are using the treatment from 30 years ago (thank goodness) 3. And, it looks like they are not putting the screwball in charge (Joss). Seems to be a total win so far.
  • C:
    Han Solo and his son Mutt Solo.
  • akemihomura
    They should kill off Han Solo by having him executed for shooting first. Problem solved.
  • Jericho
    i dont follow the books often but when i do...its usually about Jaina Solo and Ben Skywalker...
  • nightgoat72
    Bringing back the original cast would be the absolute worst move they could make for these movies. I think we all remember how Kingdom of the Crystal Skull turned out...
    • Richie G
      Except that was bad because of the new guy; Shite le Buttface, not Ford
      • nightgoat72
        I completely disagree with that. Shia was just a small part of the huge problem. EVERYTHING was wrong about that movie, including Ford, who felt painfully geriatric. It was just weird, and I would die a little bit inside if they did that to Star Wars. Have some dignity - move on. New characters, new actors. Please. For the sake of SW.
        • Richie G
          He was supposed to be "geriatric", the whole film was about him passing on the torch. Are they not supposed to have old people in the new star wars trilogy? no Yoda or Obi wan type characters? Of course they should come back
          • nightgoat72
            So what if he was "supposed to be"? That doesn't make it any less awkward and painful to sit through.
          • Richie G
            Indy4 was indeed painful to sit through, but you're wrong, they need at least some of the old cast to come back. Who else would play the leaders of the new jedi order and new republic? I'm sure there'll be plenty of young characters to take centre stage so you won't feel awkward watching it
          • nightgoat72
            Yeah, we're just gonna have to agree to disagree on this one. I don't want the memory of the old group ruined by bringing back the old cast in a depressing state. It would just be sad.
  • Kickbutt
    The fact that 30 years later Harrison Ford still thinks Han Solo should die is enough for me not to want him in the movie. I think Mark Hamill would be a great Jedi Master Skywalker in charge of a new batch of Jedi, but they need to make sure he is TRULY!! the baddest man in the galaxy. And for anyone who wants the Heir to the Empire story... forget it!! That was so ridiculous to make up these creatures that took force ability away from the users just to pussify Luke just to even out the odds. Luke should be a bad MF and should flat out kick butt!
  • Every little bit of Star Wars news getting posted might actually put me off this site. I'm a geek, but even geeks have their limits. Good for site traffic I suppose, folk will be tuning in from all over the galaxy. The fact that Han never died is obvious ($$$$$$$$$), apparently Boba Fett didn't die either, what am I doing talking about this stuff........?
  • David Banner
    Geoff Boucher reports this? OK, then I add some credence to it; but it's still rumors. We will be served a lot of "reports" like this next years, but what about the 100 episode live-action TV-series? Is that canned now? Or won't we see it before 2020, or so?
  • avi
    star wars needs one thing:a great director and a great script... Only fincher can do it!
  • Of course they'll get them back, it doesn't matter what cost, they'll bring them back.
  • BloodwerK
    Carrie Fisher in the slave outfit gave it all the bottom it needed...
  • Untricky
    Needs more Boba!
    • dweeb
      Needs more boobs-a. But seriously.Why not make a Star Wars movie with a female character in a leading role? Tough chick stick is still pretty popular.Make one about Hanna Solo or Dartha Vader.From her point of view.
      • Jericho
        or from Han and Lea's real daughter Jaina...
  • BinaryChaos
    Harrison may get his wish and Han Solo does end up dying or sacrificing himself in the new trilogy just as Obi-Wan did for the greater good. Leia on the other hand may end up being the new chancellor restoring order to the galaxy or apart of the Jedi council being fully trained by her brother, Luke.
  • I'd watch a 2 hour movie of Harrison Ford breathing. I love that guy. Bring him on as Han Solo.
  • castingcouch
    Harrison was great. But now he just sleepwalks through movies, and still hates the publicity machine. Love that photo, though.
  • Has anyone talked to Billy Dee Williams yet!?




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