‘Star Wars Episode 7′: Has Harrison Ford Confirmed His Return?

Published 2 years ago by , Updated June 20th, 2014 at 11:52 am,

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For years, Star Wars¬†fans have wondered what a sequel trilogy to the original three films would look like. What had become of iconic heroes like Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) after the destruction of the second Death Star? Then came Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm and the subsequent announcement of Star Wars Episode VII.

Ever since, one of the main questions on fans’ minds has been whether or not any classic characters would make an appearance. Hamill and Fisher have previously hinted that they were in talks for a return to their most famous roles, but no official announcement has yet been made regarding any actors appearing in JJ Abrams’ Episode VII.

However, WGN TV recently caught up with Ford and asked him if there was any truth to ongoing rumors that he’d return to the role of Han Solo. Here’s what he had to say:

“I think it’s almost true. I’m looking forward to it. It’s not in the bag yet, but I think it’s happening.”

Right from the start, we knew that Ford was “open” to the idea of returning as everyone’s favorite space smuggler. However, his latest comment lends even greater credence to the belief that his return is likely imminent. George Lucas recently revealed that Ford and his co-stars were in final negotiations for the film, and Billy Dee Williams has also expressed interest in joining the fold.

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Disney and Lucasfilm may be waiting until contract negotiations are finished to reveal their intentions for the new Star Wars, but it’s becoming abundantly clear that they are planning a reunion of sorts for Episode VII. Meanwhile, the debate rages on about if the return of so many beloved characters will help or hinder the film.

Do you think Episode VII needs Ford to return as Han Solo, and if he does reprise the role, how would you like the character to fit into the story? Sound off below with your thoughts.

Star Wars Episode VII is currently targeting a 2015 release.


Source: WGN TV

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  1. I am excited to hear some news about the direction of the new series. It will definitely be interesting to see Ford as the old space pirate, especially given that while Ford respects what Star Wars granted he has always try to keep his distance.

  2. Well do they have anything to do that people want to see? Solomon said: “A good reputation is more valuable than costly perfume and the day you die is better than the day you are born.” Perhaps that will have some meaning to the story…

  3. I haven’t read the article entirely because i’ve got to get to sleep but its sounds like its just about in the bag, in other words sounds good to me!

  4. I really do hope the secure Harrison, and I would love to see Billy Dee Williams back, too, that would be sweet!


  6. wonder if they will finally give Harrison his wish and kill off Han…

    • I’d be fine with that.

    • I think Han could use a proper death but now of course it is expected so I don’t know.

  7. I can already hear the sold-out crowd at the midnight show cheering wildly when Han Solo makes his first appearance in Episode VII. Not to mention Luke and Leia.

  8. The funny thing about Han Solo character: I can’t picture anybody else playing that part other than Harison Ford. But the actors have grown and changed so much…will they be able to play their roles even though they’ve changed? I guess we’ll find out when the movie is released.

    • Of course they will be able to play their characters, although those characters will be older and wiser, like the actors. I’ve read a lot of complaints from apparent ageists on this site (I’m not counting you among them), concerned about a geriatric Star Wars, which is both misguided and sad. I am sure, however, that the original actors/characters will be playing their pivotal parts in an expanded universe, with new characters. Looking forward to it, especially after the lackluster prequel trilogy, which with a few exceptions, I felt was largely miscast and poorly written.

      • By the way, the exceptions to the miscasting in the prequel trilogy, I felt, were Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Christopher Lee (who is himself old), and Ray Park as Darth Maul.

        • How ’bout Ian McDiarmid? ;p

  9. “Help or hinder the film”. That’s something to think about, really. One thing is for certain – They’re gonna need one hell of a popular lead if viewers are to be satisified with the old characters only having cameos. Probably something like: Tom Hardy as Ben Skywalker, Brad Cooper as Anakin Solo and a really frightening antagonist played by someone like Danie Day Lewis. Come to think of it, finding fitting actors for the Skywalker/Solo kidz isn’t half as tough as imagining an antagonist that follows Darth Vader and the Emperor. How do you top those guys?

    • Han Solo’s Evil Cousin? I am actualy not joking, thats actualy one they came up with. Also, Grand Admiral Thrawn was pretty darned good.

      The cloned/ressurected emporer, now thats a different matter.

    • That is even if they decide to use New Jedi Order/Legacy Era writings for the films. I mean, it would be freakin awesome if they did, because hey are a great book series, but if Disney decides to use their own plots, then there may not be Ben Skywalker, Anakin Solo, ect.
      If they wanted to go on a limb, they could abandon Anakin Solo and use Darth Caedus/Jacen Solo as the villain, but what do you do for three films?
      I’m thinking YZV war. Or maybe Thrawn. Thrawn was good.

  10. I was thinking that maybe Han could be starship dealer of a sort or something along those lines. He’d be ‘retired’ from the smuggling business after some sort of accident (maybe) and that way he wont have to do too many action scenes and the ones that he does are appropriated to his age

  11. Harrison Ford absolutely needs to be in Episode VII.

  12. I’m looking forward to it. I mean, it’s Harrison Ford. You can put him just about anywhwere and he’s still the only worthwhile element in it. See Indy 4.

    I’m especially interested in seeing how well they can handle their gym training prior to shooting the movie.

  13. I don’t want to see old people. These guys can’t even get off their rocking chair nowadays.

    • Harrison Ford is about to release Enders Game, where he looks quite fit.

      Banging Calista Flockhart keeps you young afterall.

  14. I cant wait to see han and chewie fly the Millenium Falcon again!

  15. This seems very promising. I really thought Ford would have no interest in doing another “Star Wars” movie since he always seems to come across as not really liking the role or being a little embarrassed by it.

    • I think he just doesn’t want to be defined by it, and asked a million nerd questions. He is an actor, not Han Solo, can’t blame the guy for wanting the attention to be more on his other more recent work, and it’s because he distanced himself that he was able to go on and do other bigger things where Mark and Carrie didn’t do as well.

      Can’t blame the guy for not wanting to be every fanboys best friend.

      • Oh yeah, I understand that. I’m just surprised he’s actually considering a return.

  16. Tricky balancing act here. On the one hand, it’s really great thinking about Han, Leia & Luke back in screen again. On the other hand, I’m not sure I want to see childhood heroes relegated to supporting roles, watching their kids bet on with the main action.

    A heroic ‘Spock like’ exit for Han would add to his allure perhaps, while the magic of computers could have Luke jumping around ala Christopher Lee if required. Leia still has the sassy spirit, but has no rebellion to lead. Please don’t turn her into ‘the wise old head’, or a clone of Marion Ravenwood (KOTCS era).

    Finally, I love John Williams’ music, but if we’re going to have lots more SW movies, then it’s time to pass the baton. (pun intended)

  17. I’m pretty sure that if the original cast is returning, they wouldn’t be reduced to supporting roles. Sure, they’ll add new characters to play their sons/daughters, but don’t count anyone else out. Everyone will get their time to shine.

  18. Why is Disney/Lucas wanting to use actors from 4 decades ago?

  19. With the return of the all of the main cast in secondary roles, if they have outstanding young stars to add to the fold, it will great. They have great writers, direction and with Disney and how can it not be a hit?

  20. Please come back