Harrison Ford Reportedly Has “Gigantic Role” in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII; Oscar Isaac Rumored for Role

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We know Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford will return for Star Wars: Episode VII.  Perhaps you, like me, assumed the original trio would make extended cameos that launched the new cast on a fresh trilogy’s worth of adventures.  But director J.J. Abrams is as big a fan of the original Star Wars trilogy as the rest of you.  Deadline hears he and Disney planned a “gigantic role” for Ford in the first film of the trilogy.  We know nothing about the Episode VII story other than all the expanded universe tales it won’t tap.  So I’ll leave the speculation about how Ford will feature heavily—I just ask that you make Ford a crochety mentor type.

Hit the jump for more casting rumors surrounding Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, and John Boyega.

star-wars-7-chewbacca-harrison-fordDisney chairman Alan Horn promises casting is nearly complete.  And a table read tomorrow in London should help put an end to the casting rumor mill.  But we’re not done yet.

Deadline confirms that Adam Driver is likely on board, suggests John Boyega emerged from this shortlist, and revisits the Maisie Richardson-Sellers rumor.  The report also adds Oscar Isaac to the mix, indicating the actor is “in line for a major role.”  Isaac is awesome, but alas, may not be able to join.

Heat Vision’s Borys Kit commented on the report on Twitter:

Good news for Boyega fans.  Bad news for Isaac fans who live far away from the theater gig.

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  • herpderp

    “Ford a crochety mentor type”
    Jeez do we really want more of this? Is it too much to ask to have Ford lose his cranky old man “acting” and be the charming tough guy swashbuckler

    • ʝoe ßloggs

      Problem is…he IS an old man. LOL!

      • lordjim

        so what, watch a few clint eastwood movies from the time when he was about the same age.

      • ʝoe ßloggs

        I didn’t say it was a bad thing. LOL!

    • ObiWan

      He is grumpy these days and he IS older so maybe he cant act outside of it???? but I am wiling to give him a chance ….I liked him in indy 4 despite all of the fake bandwagon hate it got….i think he could do something fun but it depends on the material too

      • MoviesAreForever88

        I can assure you that “bandwagon” hate wasn’t fake. That movie is one of the worst films I’ve seen in my entire life. Absolute abomination of a film.

      • MoviesAreForever88

        I can assure you that “bandwagon” hate wasn’t fake. That movie is one of the worst films I’ve seen in my entire life. Absolute abomination of a film.

    • LEM

      He isn’t the image you have in your head anymore.

  • ʝoe ßloggs

    Of course he has a “gigantic” role in the film or any film for that matter.
    His ego is enormous!

  • Michael

    Hope Han Solo will follow the footsteps of Qui Gon and Obi-wan and make a meaningful exit from the franchise.

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      How was Qui-Gon’s exit meaningful? We knew him for half a movie.

      • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

        If anything his part was bigger than Obi-wan’s part in episode IV.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        True, but somehow less memorable and impfactful.

      • Leo Spaceman

        Wouldn’t that statement describe the entirety of the Prequel trilogy?

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Sadly yes.

      • ʝoe ßloggs

        Meaningful because we all wanted him to die after talking about
        Midi-chlorians.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        I think that’s just satisfying, not meaningful.

      • ʝoe ßloggs

        Actually he was MEANT to die after coming up with that explanation.

        Hence, it was meaningful. LOL!

    • SubSumeYou

      Twerp.

  • Person

    Too much conjecture and speculation, at this point I really don’t care til the movie comes out (or, at the very least, a poster).

    • yawn

      exactly this is worth following when there is some REAL fucking news….

  • eternalozzie

    so far nothing about this movie is interesting … not one cast member rumored or not is note worthy.

    • Jamesy

      Oscar Isaac, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumbermatch, the original cast members..are all un note worthy?

      • eternalozzie

        Those people are just from nerd wish lists. None of them will be in the movie except maybe Oscar who isn’t noteworthy.

      • The Flobbit

        Sadly, this is true.

      • Jamesy

        Your comment said rumoured or not, I get that those names were all just rumours. Oscar Isaacs is a great actor and think he would be a cool addition to the Star Wars universe.

      • Jamesy

        Your comment said rumoured or not, I get that those names were all just rumours. Oscar Isaacs is a great actor and think he would be a cool addition to the Star Wars universe.

    • Andrew Hegele

      Define note worthy, then tell me if any of the original cast were in 1977?

      • eternalozzie

        other than ford are any of them now? :)

    • Andrew Hegele

      Define note worthy, then tell me if any of the original cast were in 1977?

  • Strong Enough

    Wow. Thank you JJ for the diverse cast.

    inb4thewhitepeoplereplytobeaskingmewhyithankjjforthediversecastandclamingracism

  • God’s Diamond

    I don’t need any new star wars movies. Just seeing mark Hamill in jay and silent Bob say, “you don’t f××× with the Jedi master, son!” Was enough

  • The Flobbit

    It’s official. I am not going to give two rat’s asses about this movie until I know A. Who’s playing. B. See a trailer.

    • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

      And C: if Anakin will scream Nooooooooo! or Yesssssssssss!

  • NotePad

    If this is true, they will be destroying the Han Solo legacy. First off, have large roles for OT characters like Luke and Han and Leigh is a bad idea. This new trilogy should not be about them, but the next generation Skywalker kid/kids.
    On top of that, Ford is terrible, especially nowadays. He has no spirit, i doubt he can play Han in a way people will want to see. If ANYONE of the 3 should have a large role in this film, it should be Luke for obvious reasons, but also because he is the most talented of the bunch.
    I am very worried about these films. I think JJ has already fucked it up.

    • Person

      I have no problem with JJ, but like I’ve said all along, these aren’t necessary and, frankly, they aren’t real Star Wars. I don’t care if Lucas is being consulted and he came up with the original outlines of the new trilogy – Star Wars, whether people like it or not, was really about Anakin, and that story has been told. These new movies are as pure a cash grab as I’ve ever seen. I defend the prequels mainly cuz I have a soft spot for them (that was the trilogy I grew up with, so it’s difficult for me to look at them objectively – I’m well aware of their flaws, I just choose to ignore them). I just don’t see the need for these, and the 50 other spinoffs Disney is now planning.

      Star Wars is Episodes I-VI; the rest is fan fiction.

      • Wilson

        Just something to think about. George Lucas originally had 12 treatments for star wars he made up a long time ago, than he combined that into 9 treatments, and he filmed 6 of them being the prequels and original trilogy. Wether or not JJ is using Georges complete idea for 7-9 that he had created years and years ago, who knows, but I am very curious to see what Georges ideas were for 7-9, especially if its something he created a long time go.

      • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

        I don’t think that Lucas was planning to do so.
        If it was the case, he would have gone the sequel way, when Ford, Hamill and Carrie Fisher were young enough.
        In fact, I am pretty sure he never knew where he was heading up to.

      • celxx

        Or maybe he wanted to wait for the technology to improve / a new generation to grow up so he could market his franchise to a new generation, thus increasing future profits

    • Abed

      You are worried about the films because of rumors and speculations? Nothing has been formally announced. No one knows the story. Journalists are so desperate to put out any news about Star Wars, that they are treating rumors and speculations as fact. For example, Carrie Fisher’s assistant and dog were spotted in London yesterday, and so several sources reported that that means she has a major role.

  • Joseph M

    Although it seems Abrams rarely casts black actors, I hope old Lando C makes an appearance. He should be there, swishing his cape and hitting on Solo’s daughter.

  • Joseph M

    Although it seems Abrams rarely casts black actors, I hope old Lando C makes an appearance. He should be there, swishing his cape and hitting on Solo’s daughter.

  • http://mattedscreen.blogspot.com/ TheMattedScreen

    Maybe Ford’s “Gigantic Role” will be due to size rather than narrative importance? With Hollywood men feeling pressure to get big and buff for roles, maybe Ford is going to sit around and eat a crap ton of pizzas and put on 40-50 pounds?

  • Seanpb

    Pretty certain they’ll grant Ford’s wish – albeit it 32 years after it was made – to kill Han off.

    • M&M

      ^^^ I think you’re right. Both Kasdan and Ford wanted to kill Solo off in ROTJ.^^^

  • alk

    I hope this confirms the speculation about Harrison Ford/Han Solo’s epic death near the middle of the movie! Both ‘A New Hope’ and ‘Phantom Menace’, the first of their respective trilogies, had “mentor” type figures getting killed off 3/4 in the movie. I would actually be very OKAY with this. So many people would be shocked to see them to kill off such an iconic character, but if they did his character’s death effectively and with enough emotion, it could jumpstart the transition.

  • alk

    I hope this confirms the speculation about Harrison Ford/Han Solo’s epic death near the middle of the movie! Both ‘A New Hope’ and ‘Phantom Menace’, the first of their respective trilogies, had “mentor” type figures getting killed off 3/4 in the movie. I would actually be very OKAY with this. So many people would be shocked to see them to kill off such an iconic character, but if they did his character’s death effectively and with enough emotion, it could jumpstart the transition.

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  • DEADP00L

    Your aunt can blow me.

    Nissan Maxima…bitch please.

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