STAR WARS Sequel News: Harrison Ford Open to Returning as Han Solo in the New Trilogy

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In what is just the beginning of the avalanche of Star Wars news since Disney’s recent purchase of Lucasfilm, it now looks as if Harrison Ford is open to reprising the role of Han Solo in the planned sequel trilogy.  We recently reported that Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher had met with George Lucas over the summer in order to discuss the possibility of continuing the Skywalker story.  Now it looks as if Ford is willing to complete the trio as the films creep closer to the 2015 release date. There is still no confirmation as to who will be directing Star Wars: Episode VIIbut signs are pointing towards Matthew Vaughn, who recently bowed out of helming X-Men: Days of Future Past without explanation.  Hit the jump for more on Ford’s possible involvement and what this may mean for the plot of the upcoming trilogy.

EW reports that star wars chewie peter mayhew harrison fordFord is at least open to the idea of returning to the big screen in a Star Wars sequel, but has a bit of an odd contract stipulation.  Ford wasn’t exactly fond of Solo, saying, “As a character he was not so interesting to me,” in a 2010 interview with ABC.  Interestingly enough, Solo was originally scripted to die in Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi, but his character was spared because the toys were selling so well.

“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.”

A possible clause in his contract, should he reprise, could be a mandatory death scene for the fan-favorite smuggler.  That’s likely less critical than the stipulation that a script and director be in place before Ford will sign on for anything.  But at least he, Hamill and Fisher are reportedly upbeat about the idea of returning to the franchise.

The new trilogy would presumably pick up about twenty years after the end of the three original films.  Building an entire arc around Ford (70), Hamill (62) and Fisher (forever 27) is probably not the best of ideas, but including the original stars in a hand-off to a new generation could be a way to appease the fans and inject some new life into the series.  Ford’s interest in a reprisal is a bit odd considering his response at a recent screening of the film in which he reflected on his Star Wars days:

“I don’t know that I understood it very well. I’m not sure I understand it yet…I was very happy to be involved. I was pleased to be a part of an ensemble.”

But, then again, this is the same man who signed on for a fourth Indiana Jones film and possibly a fifth.  I’m on the fence about including the original trio in a major arc for the sequel trilogy.  While I wouldn’t mind seeing their stories wrapped up by way of a passing of the baton to new characters, I also wouldn’t bat an eyelash if we summed up the fates of Skywalker, Solo and Organa-Skywalker-Solo in the opening crawl or roll-up.  I’m sure you have your own thoughts on this, so battle it out in the comments below:  include the original cast, introduce brand new characters or do something in between?

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  • dad

    This is great but would it not have been a better idea to have done this instead of the awful last few movies ? At least they were younger. The last film was great but only at the end when we finally got to see what we wanted to see. The last 10 or so minutes is what the movies should have been like.

  • Strong Enough

    no!! Channing Tatum for Han Solo! I don’t want a Han Solo with a Beer gut!

    • [insert name here]

      Channing Tatum? Really? I know the prequels set the bar pretty damn low, but I didn’t think that low. I don’t want a Han Solo with the emotional range of a turnip.

    • DREDD

      WTF???!!! Seriously, stay off the internet!

    • Bleezy Bo

      Dude I have no problem with Tatum–(A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints is my fav film)–but that’s what I’m afraid of, that Disney will “Disney-ify” Star Wars and cast LaBoof as Luke, Tatum as Han, and K Stew as Leia.

      But if Matt Vaughn is the director, there’s a good chance McAvoy, Craig, and Claire Danes will be our new Luke, Han, Leia

  • Slice

    Kirk: Haaaaaaaaann!

  • Masshuu il Thulcandra

    ……and let the whining begin – pass the cheese! I think it’s a great idea. Luke married with Jedi children. Leia now a Jedi and representative for Naboo and Han still the old rogue working the spy circuit while babysitting.

  • Person

    I love this.

    These past few years have been awesome. I was born after the original Star Wars and Indiana Jones series ended but became a huge fan of both as a kid. Now I got to see Ford be Indy one more time and might even get to see him be Han Solo again, too.

    So yeah, I really really hope this happens, even if it’s just a quick cameo.

    Rambling side-note — I do vaguely recall Lucas saying there’d be a Han Solo cameo in Episode III when Yoda comes to Kashyyyk, which never happened, so there is something of a record of “Han Solo returns” rumors that haven’t come to pass (the Millenium Falcon cameo in the same movie doesn’t count, it wouldn’t have been Han’s ship at that time).

  • Person

    This is awesome. Indy 4 may not have been great, but Ford was still great in the role. Here’s hoping he returns as Solo, even if it’s just a cameo.

  • sense 11

    Is this real, have i been living in some parallel universe for the last few days. Did i just read that Han Solo is coming back

  • DREDD

    Incredible news!!!! I never saw him as being interested in it after some of his interviews, I guess the frenzied fans have put the actors off it. Can you imagine being Ford, Hamil and the rest at a comic convention with a 1000 sweaty overweight comic book nerds wanting you to quote every line from those movies and writing signatures all day. I LOVE Star Wars more than anyone, but nerd-dom takes it to a new level that i will not go, keep your distance. Just fly casual. If the ubernerds followed this example and did not badger the actors the way they do, they probably woulda been game for episode 7 a long time ago.

    Hope Ford/Hamil are in, seeing the OT cast in these films will be incredible to see, and will make them seem all the more authentic. The prequels like em or hate em only felt authentic when we saw familiar characters/ships/species in them. Probably a reason why ep3 was mostly good, Palpatine and Yoda stole the show. And the post order 66 was what we were waiting for.

    Personally, I’m grateful theyre making more Star wars. But my greedy wishlist is immense, I hope its more New Hope/Empire strikes back than any Prequel style. I;m not just talking cartoony jar jar types, but the whole look and feel of it. Empire and new hope were places that felt REAL, you coulda been in the battle of Hoth, or on Tattooiien or even in an X-Wing flying down that trench. Onboard the deathstar etc. The prequels were too far removed from reality, they were something you look AT. Like a video game intro or a looney tunes cartoon. The Clone Wars show is much much better, but even that, is nothing like the simplicity of the OT.

    However, one great possibility, with all the gap between ROTJ and Ep7, theres a billion possibilities of filler to explain the events leading up to Ep7. Maybe animated series, games, new books etc to see what we missed in the build up. This is a new future written for us fans, with many more years ahead of us. Lets hope it captures the magic that inspired the first generation of fans and film makers, the films that inspired the likes of Ridley scott to make Alien etc etc.. the list goes on.

    ps, faulty messaging system again!!! grrr

    • Jay McKells

      LOL! Dont think he meant it but the guy writing a 5 paragraph comment telling ubernerds to keep it casual is irony at its finest.. Brilliant

  • calvincrack

    if those three are game, then you better believe they are going to feature in Episode VII. That may be it though. The smart thing story wise would be to have them almost be a REVEAL. it starts with some unknown characters who become involved in something larger than they thought, eventually discovering our original heroes who are still very much alive and involved with the rebellion, albeit perhaps in more of a leadership capacity despite still kicking ass when necessary. they have been forced to keep a low profile due to the major resurgence of Dark Side forces led by a new bad guy, who has a cool name, possibly played by hugo weaving or an old white haired guy. Anyways, old and new unite to save the day, but with one MAJOR caveat, leaving our new heroes to face the Dark Side alone from there on out. And believe me, the dark side will seem darker than ever at the end of Episode VII. #grittyreboot

    • cedartreeradar

      Your idea is outstanding

    • Anonymous

      sounds good to me!!

  • Lens Flares Suck

    At the end of Jedi Luke (Mark) was 26 years old. Twenty years later he’s 46. You think Mark Hamill can play 46? Not a chance. If this is another trilogy and it’s 3 years between movies Mark will be 70 before it’s over. Who in the world is planning 300 million dollars worth of Star Wars movies on MARK HAMILL? Re-cast, for crying out loud. With people who will be the right age for the storyline.

  • Lens Flares Suck

    At the end of Jedi Luke (Mark) was 26 years old. Twenty years later he\’s 46. You think Mark Hamill can play 46? Not a chance. If this is another trilogy and it\’s 3 years between movies Mark will be 70 before it\’s over. Who in the world is planning 300 million dollars worth of Star Wars movies on MARK HAMILL? Re-cast, for crying out loud. With people who will be the right age for the storyline.

    • calvincrack

      well maybe Luke just got in a few more motorcycle accidents by 46

  • Robert Downey

    *tears of joy*
    YES YES YES!
    Harrison Ford may return. All is right with the world.

  • somejackball

    i’m all for a new Star Wars and all, but like Star Trek.. YOU CAN’T F*CK THIS UP!!

    take the time to do it right!

  • Twojawas

    Mark Hamill is now the same age as Sir Alec Guinness was in Star Wars. Perfect for playing a wise old Jedi. Forget the 30 years in the future bit – that can easily be changed to fit their ages.

  • Henny

    Clint Eastwood would be better.

  • Michael P. Shipley

    With computer graphics so good now they could just recreate the young Harrison Ford digitally and just let him do the voice.

    • Hunter

      starvatar wars

      • Jones

        Lol

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  • Ryan

    Nathan Fillion for the HAN!!!!

  • King Corvid

    No worries guys, Luke is the Jedi master who trains Han and Leia’s twins while Leia tries to re-establish the Republic. After the twins are trained and become masters themselves, Luke succumbs to the dark side while trying to complete his fathers calling to unite both sides of the force, leading to the adventure of the twin Jedi’s quest to save Luke. Han reluctantly agrees to fly them across space in their pursuit of Luke. Luke then kills Han, setting himself up as a true sith. And away we go!

    • Lance

      No thank you. Fan fiction can be posted elsewhere on the internet, but it should stay off the screen.

    • Jon

      …And if you don’t get what you want, you’ll say it sucks

  • King Corvid

    No worries guys, Luke is the Jedi master who trains Han and Leia\’s twins while Leia tries to re-establish the Republic. After the twins are trained and become masters themselves, Luke succumbs to the dark side while trying to complete his fathers calling to unite both sides of the force, leading to the adventure of the twin Jedi\’s quest to save Luke. Han reluctantly agrees to fly them across space in their pursuit of Luke. Luke then kills Han, setting himself up as a true sith. And away we go!

  • Nate H

    I think this is going to be difficult to do well if they insist on bringing back the old cast. I feel like that will drag down the new films; the last thing they need is to be chained to the old movies and the old, old, OLD actors. I have nothing against Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford, but I have no interest in seeing a 60 year old Luke Skywalker (who has NOT aged well) and a 70 year old Han Solo try to be the leads of a Jedi-centric film. But there will be a backlash if they try to recast those roles.

    I’m still optimistic that they’ll figure it out, but I would be much more excited to see a film about the old republic or the Clone Wars than I would be for old Han, Leia, and Luke geriatrically saving the Universe. (In the books, the characters weren’t that old, but the actors are that old)

  • Ryan

    Nathan Fillion should be Han Solo!

  • ssr

    NATHAN FILLION….

  • RorshachLives!

    Harrison Ford is a grumpy old git who seems ungrateful for the fame, stardom, and career opportunities that the ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy gave him, and he’s wrong about Han dying in ROTJ, it would have been better had Han been visibly PREPARED to sacrifice himself for the sake of the rebel cause, but comes through in the end a humbler and more selfless person than the self-serving rogue at the beginning of the Trilogy, just my opinion though…

  • nelson

    Not surprising to hear given that Harrison Ford career has been dead for the past ten years. I think it’s time to recast the role. The same thing should happen with Indiana Jones.

  • Franklin

    Now they just need to add Billy Dee Williams to at least one of the movies.

  • Franklin

    It really feels to me that Disney is aiming to have a younger generation cast, who will be playing new characters. And it would be fitting to have Hamill play Luke as the Jedi Master who oversees the young Jedi, in a significant but strong supporting role. (Like the way Jeff Bridges was in Tron Legacy.) Fisher could also appear in a supporting role (I imagine Leia as a Senator in the sequels.)

    They could save Ford to appear in Episode 8. Williams could also be saved to make his appearance first in Episode 8 or 9.

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  • Jones

    I agree with most here that Harrison needs to be recast – if they even use the character in the new movies. If they want to bring him back – then maybe in a later movie somehow, maybe like they brought back Leonard Nimoy (The old Spock) back in the new Star Treck movie. That was a really cool cameo!!
    But recasting isn’t always bad. The most recent one’s i can think of right now that were a succes are Zachary in Star Treck, Josh in MiB 3 and/or the Hulk(s). I know they can pull it of in Star Wars as well.

  • Isak

    something in between.
    all 6 episodes to date chronicled the Skywalker family, first three Anakin and original three Luke.
    to ignore the original characters and introduce a whole new family or group is quite pointless. Star Wars is all about generations.
    So it should definitely focus on Luke’s hypothetical son (or Han and Leia’s) and start from there. The original trio can be in the story, but only as parents or relatives, with no major storyline.

  • Diamonds

    Here’s how it needs to play out:
    Luke dies in episode VII, much like Qui-Gon in I and Kenobi in IV, at the hands of his star Jedi pupil, leader of a growing Jedi secession tired of Luke’s Middle Path. You can make it reelvant to today’s (or any era’s) generation gap.
    Luke’s kids and Leia’s kids (with others) all remain loyal to the Jedi way, and there you have it – a Jedi civil war. Perfect way to keep the same themes and introduce the next generation. Imagine Leia pleading with her kids to not join the rebellion (oh, the irony); Luke being killed by his prized student, an echo of Kenobi’s lie in ANH. Imagine Han solo dying in a fireball along with the Falcon in the darker Episode VIII, a space battle and land battle simultaneously waged between this Sith Army and remanants of the Alliance….think of Chewie unleashed….Leia using her powers fully (and finally becoming ‘Queen of her People’ a notion that’s decades old from the original SW outlines). Think of the LIGHTSABERS.

    I get the douche chills just thinking about it.

  • DoctorWho

    I am hoping for a new Weird Al Star Wars song!!

  • Nomis1700

    As long as Chewbacca won’t return.

  • ccraw13

    Nathan Fillion?… Eh…. Jon Hamm. Most definitely.

  • marrowbonez

    They need to set things right by putting in a scene where Han just shoots someone without them shooting at him first. Maybe some wannabee Jedi who stands there doing a bunch of lightsaber moves to try to intimidate him so Han just pulls out his blaster and shoots him.

  • getironic

    LOL

    I remember when Ford said before the prequel trilogy came out (but after he knew that it would not involve him) that “The character (of Han Solo) just doesn’t interest me anymore.”

    How convenient to say that then, and how convienient to change his tune now.

  • kemo517

    if so they have set it 30-40 years proper after the Battle of Yavin. Otherwise you’ll have do a cameo flashback. Harrison looks great but not 50. They (Hamill, Fisher, Ford ,& don’t forget Williams ) cannot play 40-50 year olds. Makesure to get the Droids, possibly Cheiwe, someone weraning the Mandalorian (updated or not) uniforms or many soilders as such.

  • sense 11

    I’m Han Solo, captain of the Millennium Falcon and the only actor whose career isn’t destroyed by this movie.

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  • Clint

    Hard to speculate, but Dennis Quaid could pull off a Han Solo character set 30 years after ROTJ. I struggle to see Nathan Fillion or Jon Hamm. They just don’t come across on screen cocky/confident enough to replace the Harrison Ford version of Han Solo.
    Regardless, it will be a fun ride and can’t wait for a new Star Wars movie.

  • Tim

    I’m so excited !! I hated the prequels so much. Empire was the best!! Promise!

  • SciFan

    One word, REBOOT!

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  • MainFragger

    Maybe Luke can be corrupted and disfigured by the force…they wouldn’t even need to use much makeup..

  • MainFragger

    Maybe Luke can be corrupted and disfigured by the force…they wouldn\’t even need to use much makeup..

    Personally, at this point, I’m more into seeing Mara Jade in action…

  • Moe

    Lets all be honest. No Lucas means that the sequels will be at least five times better than the prequels.
    And I truly cant understand naysayers whining about Disney or saying they shouldnt bring in Han, Luke or Leia for the sequels. Or even worse, recast the roles….really? So they should recast the roles that millions of kids grew up idolizing, especially when the actors are still alive and in good shape??? The thought of any other actor playing one of them is completely stupid. Ford can die his hair and look mid 50s, Carrie Hamill looks tons better than Old Miriam, and let Hamill drop 20 pounds and grow a goatee, he’s a distinguished jedi master. Truth is, the above statement is correct…they need great writers, a great story and a great cast around the original three. And no Lucas. If done properly it could be amazing.

  • Moe

    Lets all be honest. No Lucas means that the sequels will be at least five times better than the prequels.
    And I truly cant understand naysayers whining about Disney or saying they shouldnt bring in Han, Luke or Leia for the sequels. Or even worse, recast the roles….really? So they should recast the roles that millions of kids grew up idolizing, especially when the actors are still alive and in good shape??? The thought of any other actor playing one of them is completely stupid. Ford can die his hair and look mid 50s, Carrie Hamill looks tons better than Old Miriam, and let Hamill drop 20 pounds and grow a goatee, he\’s a distinguished jedi master. Truth is, the above statement is correct…they need great writers, a great story and a great cast around the original three. And no Lucas. If done properly it could be amazing.

  • Moe

    Lets all be honest. No Lucas means that the sequels will be at least five times better than the prequels.
    And I truly cant understand naysayers whining about Disney or saying they shouldnt bring in Han, Luke or Leia for the sequels. Or even worse, recast the roles….really? So they should recast the roles that millions of kids grew up idolizing, especially when the actors are still alive and in good shape??? The thought of any other actor playing one of them is completely stupid. Ford can die his hair and look mid 50s, Carrie Hamill looks tons better than Old Miriam, and let Hamill drop 20 pounds and grow a goatee, he\\\’s a distinguished jedi master. Truth is, the above statement is correct…they need great writers, a great story and a great cast around the original three. And no Lucas. If done properly it could be amazing.

  • chris h

    This is the most amazing news ever ! The original cast must come back this will please all fans of the original trilogy – we grew up with the old cast & it would be a massive disappointment for them not to come back – even if they come back in extended cameo’s just to pass the torch to a new generation so please Disney bring the old cast back ! .

  • Joseph M

    Definitely wise to bring the old trio back, as it would give the new films a connection, an identity with the classic trilogy. Luke as a powerful old Jedi master, Han as a grizzled old commander/statesman married to Leia, who could be a senior diplomat. They have kids, and it’ll be the kids that set off in the next big story arc. Solo may get killed and his son goes bad looking for revenge. Right, I’ll shut up now.

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  • Jonathan

    Old cast should reprise their roles. Luke is an elder Jedi with Leia in a supporting role as a master with a padawan. Han is angry with Luke because his daughter has gone Sith and joined the Night Sisters. You could have her reanimate Vader- but he is souless. Anakin’s ghost warns Luke of this. Luke, Leia and Han fight for the child’s soul. . .as does Vader. Make Cindel Towani (little girl from Ewok adventures) Leia’s Padawan. Calrissian is Prime Minister of the new Republic and Fett has escaped the Sarlaac and has been hired to assassinate Calrissian. Han, Luke and Leia must blow up the cloning facility on Kamino. The Empire is now a shadowy terrorist group in league with Sith Witches. Do something like this.

    A reboot would suck, but maybe Eric stoltz as Skywalker, Dennis Quaid as Solo, or the younger approach of Emma Stone, Zac Efron and Ryan Reynolds- but this would suck honestly.

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