Harrison Ford to Return as Han Solo in ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′?

Published 2 years ago by , Updated May 3rd, 2014 at 7:41 am,

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Star Wars fans had a lot of questions when it was first announced that Disney was set to purchase Lucasfilm – with the intention of producing an entirely new trilogy in a Galaxy Far, Far Away. However, one of the biggest questions surrounding the future of Star Wars is where the story would go in Episodes 7-9. Would the new films continue the narrative established in the original six installments and bring back fan-favorite actors (now 30 years older) to reprise their characters or would Lucasfilm clean the slate and center the trilogy around entirely new faces?

Now, we’re getting unofficial word that Harrison Ford has signed-on to reprise his role as Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode 7 – lending credence to hopes that the film will directly continue storylines from the prior trilogy – while introducing new characters too. Of course, if the rumor turns out to be true, it would likely mean that other high-profile casting announcements are also in the pipeline.

Now that director J.J. Abrams is officially helming Episode 7, Star Wars-related rumors and reports are at an all-time high. Joining the chorus of unconfirmed reports on the production, Latino Review took to the Fox News Latino airwaves and announced that, according to their sources, Harrison Ford has officially signed-on for a “significant” appearance as Han Solo in Episode 7. Not entirely a big surprise, given that Ford has previously stated he’d be open to returning – if the story would allow for it. When pressed for further information, Latino Review admitted that there scoop was limited to the signing of Han Solo and anything beyond the casting itself would purely be speculation at this point. Latino Review has a relatively successful record with their scoops – so there’s more than enough reason to believe that there’s at least some truth to the report.

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So what role will Han Solo play in Michael Arndt’s upcoming Star Wars: Episode 7 story? Assuming that use of the word “significant” was deliberate (and accurate), it’s safe to say that Harrison Ford won’t just appear in a flashback or be viewable shooting a Rodian (first) in the background of a future cantina scene. Where Lucasfilm intends to take the character down the line (for Episodes 8 and 9) is still up in the air but, for Episode 7, it’s pretty safe to say that Ford will have a central role – especially if the film deals in some way with Han Solo and Princess Leia’s children (Jaina, Jacen, and Anakin Solo) as many have speculated.

A lot of fan-favorite Star Wars Extended Universe fiction centers around the Solo children – which, keep in mind, have Anakin Skywalker’s “Midichlorian Approved” bloodline running through their veins. Even if Episode 7 doesn’t directly follow any one specific Extended Universe storyline (i.e. possible female protagonist – aka Jaina), the young Solos could serve as a smart jumping off point for a new trilogy – not to mention provide an excuse for the return of other familiar faces: their mother, Leia (Carrie Fisher), Jedi Master Uncle Luke (Mark Hamill), and Wookie Uncle Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew).

Early reports of the Disney purchase indicated George Lucas sat down with Fisher and Hamill ahead of the final acquisition – mentioning the possibility of Episode 7, 8, and 9. This led many fans and industry insiders to speculate that he might have been putting out feelers to see if they’d be open to returning. As a result, the Han Solo rumor (and possible story implications) makes all the more sense.

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Of course, this isn’t the only Han Solo-related report that we’ve heard in the last few weeks. Disney has confirmed that in addition to the core trilogy event films, we’ll also be seeing regular standalone movies set in the Star Wars universe – with spin-offs possibly involving Boba Fett, Yoda, and a Seven Samurai-like Jedi movie from Zack Snyder. A Han Solo standalone film (a prequel) was also mentioned and has quickly become the most talked about option among fans who are eager to see the smuggler’s early days – or at the very least, see him make the Kessel Run in under 12 parsecs.

Harrison Ford in Star Wars: Episode 7 is a strong probability but Lucasfilm has yet to officially announce the casting. So, as with all unconfirmed reports, take this news with grain of salt for now.

Follow me on Twitter @benkendrick for more on Star Wars as well as future movie, TV, and gaming news.

Star Wars Episode 7 is set for release in 2015.

Source: Latino Review

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  1. i agree with most you all. i feel actually let down if Ford takes this offer to reprise Hans.

  2. Isn’t Peter Mayhew dead?

    • No

      • ^lol

  3. I have never been a fan of Star Wars but the fact that Abrams is on board you know the next installment is going to be good.

    • Why not? Too busy washing your pu$$y while watching Twilight?

      • Get back out in the garage and take your sexist bull$hit with you.

      • lol what are you talking about Ben?

  4. I think its a bad idea, Im still disturbed by the last Indiana film sorry, Hes too old now, unless he plays the old man role than fair enough I guess, But if your going to have Ford playing the younger man then that would look silly, Solo is a pretty big charactor so they should just get younger actor to play if its a new start, Can I also just say I think some people are pretty harsh on the prequels, I enjoyed them actually, theirs some good stuff going on over that trilogy, I might be in the minority but I dont care, Im not saying it was master class like “Strikes back” but ive seen a lot worse around than those movies thats for sure..

    • I didn’t mind the prequels either. I thought they tried to hard on the drama aspect of the film which caused its own demise but overall it was okay. Except Jar Jar.

    • I agree with @scott chase on how old Harisson Ford is

      But rumor has it that Ford will assist in writting the script.

  5. If Star Wars and Marvel crossed.

    Luke Skywalker: “May the Force be with you.”

    Thor: “What is this force you speak of? Mjölnir has force.”

    • +1

  6. Difference is.

    Star Wars under Lucas did not have a Big Studio dictating what to add, what to take out.

    Star Wars under Disney and Abrams is a different beast.

    Now, lets look at Pirates of the Caribbean. First two were good, third and fourth one not so much.

    Disney wants a rush on Star Wars, so they give you quantity over quality.

  7. If Han’s coming back, then we need Lando too!

    • Agreed.

  8. They gonna put him in a fridge to escape a Death Star explosion?

    Seriously, is everyone cool with “I look like a Golden Girl” Harrison Ford? The man looks like Joan Rivers.

    • I tried surviving a Nuclear bomb while in a fridge… I think something went wrong because when I rolled out of the fridge I seen a prairie dog…

  9. Please Writer, No need to give people flashbacks on Indy 4, It doesnt exist..Indiana Jones is a trilogy!

    • Indy 4> Indy 2

  10. There’s lots of points either way here but we all must remember – Disney can’t come into your house and take your ‘original trilogy’ box set from you, they can not destroy what has already been made. All movies are made to make money, there are NO exceptions to this rule. Lucas got lucky with these movies as (proof is ep’s one & two) the prequels were just awful (matter of opinion, that is mine) and so having experienced writers taking charge is ok by me, anything that takes the creative side away from Lucas can only be a good thing. Having Ford back is great news, forget that ‘old Father Time’ has taken a baseball bat to his face, this is one of the top characters of movie history and the prequels suffered without Han Solo being part of them. I, for one, can not wait to be transported to a galaxy far far away once more and I just hope the opening credits are a Sith Lord slicing up jar jar binks!!

  11. Abrams sucks. If he does to Star Wars what he did to Star Trek it’s not going to be worth the time to watch. Although, Lucas’ original six movies weren’t very good either. Well, Empire was decent and minus the Ewoks Return was good but the rest are s***. if you take out all the special effects you are left with nothing but horrible acting, terrible dialogue, and plain sillyness.

    I’ve always tried to understand the intrigue of such bad movies.It’s like Battlefield Earth except made six times.

    • Sorry but I think and so does a lot of people think that Star Trek (2009) was the best Star Trek movie so far. I think J.J Abrams will do fine.

      • I agree with Strider. The latest Star Trek was the first Star Trek I had ever gone out of my way to see. Although I have my doubts about Abrams I don’t think it can be worse than Jar Jar.

  12. Here is the mindset at Disney.

    Anyone want to lay a 1$ wager on this.

    The same process to de-age Jeff Bridges for Tron Legacy, will be used for the next Star Wars, to bring Han Solo, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker and the rest into line with a Star Wars set shortly after Return of the Jedi.

    Wanna place bets?

  13. Let’s hope Fisher and Hamill are already on some sort of work out regimen if they are to be included in the new trilogy. I can’t image Hamill being Master Jedi and completely out of shape…

  14. Thank God Lucas is out of the picture. If you thought the ‘prequels’ or ‘special editions’ were good, you are 17 years old.

    Harrison Ford is not too old for the role if the film is centered around an older Han Solo set thirty years after the end of the ‘first’ trilogy.

    Looking forward to the Snyder pic and the Boba Fett stand alone.

    • I don’t see what is wrong of liking the prequels or the special edition. It’s a matter of opinion. And saying someone that does like them is an idiot, then you sound like a lunatic of trying to force people of what to like or not to

      • agreed

  15. Some people come down on George Lucas for some of the Films and Story lines.

    But, Would Star Wars exist without him?

  16. Han and Leia’s children?

    As I understood it, Lucas rushed out Return of the Jedi because he was tired of the whole project and wanted to move on.

    Now it seems as if they are churning out a constant stream of (once infamous) Star Wars Holiday Specials.

    Star Wars (1977) is a classic on a par (in cinema history terms) with Casablanca and High Noon. It doesn’t deserve to go the same way as Planet of the Apes.

    • Hey, I like the Planet of the apes originals except the last two. I also liked the newest one with James Franco and Andy Serkis. I didn’t like the Time Burton one though. So whats wrong with the Planet of the Apes?

  17. jesus christ i hate other star wars fans.. f*ckin wahh the prequels were pretty good and this is coming from a grown a$$ man not a teenager chris whatever berry however i do agree with one thing.. No one can be han solo except Ford, no one. Im exited yet terrified as to what disney and abrams will do to these movies but heres hopin rite. And star trek is awful but hats off to abrams who actually managed to make the 2009 version tolerable.

  18. Jar Jar Binks was the man!!!

    • meh, this past decade there has been way more annoying characters than Jar Jar.

  19. Here is the perfect casting for a Han Solo, solo movie: Mark Wahlberg as Han Solo and Chris Tucker as Chewbacha! Now that would be hilarious. Tucker has to bring his Fifth Element side with him and Wahlberg can keep his Boston accent! If Boba Fett can all of a sudden be a Kiwi then why the F can’t Solo be a Bostonite I’d see it! lol