'Star Wars' Rumors: Harrison Ford Open to Joining 'Episode VII'
Hold on to your lightsabers, Star Wars fanatics: Han Solo might be on board with the announced Star Wars: Episode VII.
At least, at this point, Harrison Ford (who played the heroic Solo on screen) hasn’t said no to possibly appearing in the sequel. In fact, according to EW, Ford is “open to the idea of doing the movie” and is generally “upbeat” about the prospects of returning to that galaxy far, far away.
EW quotes a highly-placed source without confirming Ford’s involvement in the Star Wars sequel, but fans are free to speculate what this news means. From the moment a new SW movie was announced, it was believed that the storyline would take place in a future after the original trilogy, with older versions of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia factoring into the narrative.
In the EW story, the source mentions “all three of them” being excited about starring in the movie, so that lends credence to the notion that the original stars might return.
Ford rarely sings the praises of the Star Wars movie (despite the fact that they helped make him a major star and a household name). But his biggest issues with the movies usually focused on George Lucas’ clunky dialogue and plotting, so the potential of a new set of screenwriters and a fresh director could lure Ford back into the fold.
As with everything Star Wars related, this is a rumor … one of a thousand we’re bound to hear between now and 2015, when the sequel finally reaches theaters. But for now, are you excited that Ford is open to playing Han Solo again?
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Sean is a film reviewer for The Washington Post and daily contributor to Fandango.