Of all the actors who made the original Star Wars trilogy such a success, few have dismissed their role in George Lucas’ sci-fi universe as much as Harrison Ford, who has famously failed to understand the appeal of iconic smuggler Han Solo who he first brought to life in the original 1977 film. However, a new rumor suggests that Ford might be gearing up to reprise his role in the recently announced next installment of the franchise.
“As a character [Han Solo] was not so interesting to me,” Ford told ABC News back in 2010.
Over at EW.com, however, an anonymously sourced report suggests that Ford and his Star Wars costars Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher could all be primed for a cameo in the seventh Star Wars movie that was recently lined up for a 2015 release. And while it’s usually bad form to put too much stock in unofficial, anonymously sourced reports like this, the author of the article has some history working with Ford and Lucas’ Star Wars universe (he hosted Ford’s rare 2010 appearance at a charity screening of The Empire Strikes Back), so there’s certainly some precedent there.
Before you get too excited, though, it’s worth noting that Han Solo’s return to the screen could mean an end to his chapter of the Star Wars saga. As the article notes, Ford originally pushed to have his character die in Return of the Jedi, but was overruled by Lucas. A new chapter in the Star Wars story could mean a new chance to see Han finally meet his end.
Also on the Star Wars front is another unofficial report that, although somewhat less reputable, is certainly worth considering.
Collider reports that Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn could be one of the filmmakers under consideration for the new Star Wars movie. The site suggests that Vaughn’s decision to back out of the sequel to X-Men: First Class was made in order to free up his calendar for Disney, the new owners of the the Star Wars franchise thanks to last week’s blockbuster $4.05 billion deal.