Harrison Ford Might Return for Star Wars: Episode VII

The star of the original trilogy says he's willing to reprise his role as Han Solo for future movies. But will Disney want him?

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

Before Star Wars, Harrison Ford was a struggling actor with only bit parts in films like American Graffiti and The Conversation. After Star Wars, he was Harrison Ford, one of the biggest movie stars in the world and the only young actor to come out of the trilogy with a major headlining career ahead of him. So he knows how important Star Wars is. That may be why he's now saying that he'd like to reprise the role of Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode VII, now being developed by Disney, which only last week purchased the rights to the immensely popular sci-fi franchise.

"Harrison is open to the idea of doing the movie and he’s upbeat about it, all three of them are," a source told Entertainment Weekly. By "all three," they are referring to Ford and his Star Wars co-stars Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, who played Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia in the groundbreaking trilogy, although only Ford is clearly indicated as interested in appearing on-screen… for now.

The real question, of course, is whether there's any place for Han Solo in the new Star Wars trilogy. If Ford is serious, we imagine that Disney will try to find some way to include him, but he's not a sure thing and it's hard to imagine any filmmaker – like Matthew Vaughn, whom Disney is now rumored to be considering for the director's chair – developing Episode VII's storyline while counting on his involvement. The films are supposed to feature entirely new storylines, unrelated to the expanded universe storylines featuring Solo as a returning character. If there is room for Ford, it's likely to be in a cameo capacity at most, unless Disney decides to prioritize his involvement and rework their story ideas around him.

What do you think? After Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, are you still thrilled at the idea of Harrison Ford returning to one of his classic franchises?

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