Harrison Ford Reportedly Interested In Coming Back As Han Solo In The Star Wars Sequel

By Eric Eisenberg 2012-11-05 18:45:14discussion comments
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Harrison Ford kinda got burned when he brought back Indiana Jones for a new adventure in 2008 and met with a good deal of backlash due to the film's script and other issues, but it would seem that the experience hasn't completely turned him off the idea of reprising the roles that made him a legend.

EW has gotten word from what they describe as "sources close to the just-announced Star Wars sequel," who are saying that Ford would potentially be interested once again playing Han Solo. Said one of the sources, "Harrison is open to the idea of doing the movie and he’s upbeat about it, all three of them are." The other two the quote refers to are stars Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, who played Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia in the original trilogy. After the announcement about Disney buying Lucasfilm and developing Star Wars Episode VII it was revealed that both Hamill and Fisher knew about the next Star Wars sequel in advance.

Some fans will rightly be surprised by this news, as Ford has gone on record saying that he doesn't care too much about the blaster-wielding, vest-wearing smuggler. EW cites quote from ABC in 2010 when Ford said of Solo, "As a character he was not so interesting to me." It's also well known that Ford tried to convince George Lucas to kill off the character in Return of the Jedi. The actor, of course, didn't end of up getting his way.

The sources say that Ford's involvement with the new project won't go any further until a script and a director is found, and it's said that either one could be a dealbreaker for the star. It's suggested that the role of Ford, Hamill and Fisher could be to hand the story off to a younger generation of actors, similar to the way Jeff Bridges came back for Tron Legacy and Leonard Nimoy returned for J.J. Abrams' Star Trek. That said, all details about the story are still speculative as nothing official has been released from the studio yet.
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