Harrison Ford to return to his nerf-herding ways in the new Star Wars films

soloIf you do a quick Google search for the exact phrase “Star Wars,” you will find 278 million results. There is a wee bit of interest in the franchise, interest that has no doubt increased by the recent explosion of news that began with Disney purchasing Lucasfilms for $4.05 billion.

If you consider yourself a Star Wars fan and have access to the internet but aren’t aware of all that has transpired, please hang your head in shame. The short version of what is easily becoming one of the biggest stories in movie news for years is that Disney has plans to bring the Star Wars franchise back to the big screen in a big, big way. Episode VII is planned for 2015 and JJ Abrams is confirmed as the director of the first film in the proposed trilogy. There are plenty of spin-off films in the works as well, including two confirmed films, one starring a young Han Solo, and the other starring Boba Fett set during the original trilogy. But so far there hasn’t been much news regarding casting.

harrisonfordUntil now.

Earlier today Latino Review broke the news that Harrison Ford has agreed to return to the role of Han Solo.

Details have yet to emerge, but sources have told Latino Review that the deal is done in principle, and that it is a significant contract. That is, of course, something that is up to interpretation. The deal seems to be large enough that it will be more than a cameo though, and Ford will play a significant role.

It begs the question of just how big of a contract it is that Ford signed? Studios do love their multi-film deal contracts. Will he be contracted for all three films of the new trilogy as well as an appearance in the spin-off? Those details will certainly be scrutinized once the deal is officially announced.

It seems all but certain that he will pick up the role of an aged Solo in the upcoming Episode VII, but there is also the spin-off movie to consider. If Ford is onboard, it would make sense to tie what is essentially a flashback movie, set before the events of Episode IV, into the later framework. That film will need to cast a younger actor to play the youthful Solo, but it is conceivable – even probable – that the filmmakers would want Ford to have some screen time.

Rumors (and these are, of course, rumors) have been that the next trilogy will focus on the next generation of the characters from the original trilogy, including the children of Han Solo and Princess Leia. If that is the case, you can expect the filmmakers to also pursue Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill to star. Of the original cast though, Ford was easily the most in demand, and one of the most reluctant to indulge in his Star Wars fame. Ford repeatedly asked to be killed off in Return of the Jedi, and during filming of Empire Strikes Back, no one was entirely sure if he would be back for the third film at all. His signing seems to clear a major hurdle, as the rest of the cast may be easier to line up.

Movies & TV

James Gunn will return to direct Guardians of the Galaxy 3 after all

Eight months after firing director James Gunn due to a series of off-color social media posts, Disney has rehired the filmmaker to guide the Guardians of the Galaxy on their next adventure.
Movies & TV

The best new movie trailers: Aliens, Avengers: Endgame, Charlie Says, and more

Everyone loves a good trailer, but keeping up with what's new isn't easy. That's why we round up the best ones for you. This week, it's new trailers for Avengers: Endgame, Aladdin, Charlie Says, Doom: Annihilation, and more.
Movies & TV

Avengers: Endgame: Everything we know about the Infinity War sequel

The events of Avengers: Infinity War changed the Marvel Cinematic Universe in some big ways and left fans wondering how its heroes can possibly recover. Here's everything we know about Avengers: Endgame, the sequel to Infinity War.
Movies & TV

Disney Plus: Here’s what we know so far about the upcoming streaming service

Disney is bringing the full weight of its massive content library to its own streaming service in 2019. How will Disney Plus compare to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime? Here's what we know so far.
Deals

Walmart drops a rare deal on the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

When it comes to gaming, you're really only as good as the equipment you use. Which is why a lot of folks choose to upgrade to the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller after buying the console.
Deals

The best Nintendo Switch deals and bundles for March 2019

Looking to score Nintendo's latest console? We've smoked out the best Nintendo Switch deals right here, including discounts on bundles that feature must-have games like Super Mario Odyssey, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Zelda: Breath of…
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Write music with your voice, make homemade cheese

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Gaming

Your PlayStation 4 game library isn't complete without these games

Looking for the best PS4 games out there? Out of the massive crop of titles available, we selected the best you should buy. No matter what your genre of choice may be, there's something here for you.
Gaming

These are the must-have games that every Xbox One owner needs

More than four years into its life span, Microsoft's latest console is finally coming into its own. From Cuphead to Halo 5, the best Xbox One games offer something for players of every type.
Gaming

Get Corsair’s best mechanical keyboard at a decent discount

From March 17 to 23, you can get one of the best mechanical keyboards around at a great price. The Corsair K95 RGB Platinum is normally $200, but this week you can pick one up from Amazon for $160.
Gaming

Overwatch League teams will host home games starting in 2020

Overwatch League commissioner Nate Nanzer revealed plans for the teams to start hosting games in their home cities next year. The teams will play half of their games at home and the other half visiting other teams.
Gaming

How do the revised Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles stack up?

Microsoft's new Xbox One S and Sony's PlayStation 4 "Slim" have bucked the generational gaming console trend. But which of these stopgap systems is worth spending your paycheck on?
Gaming

Our Fortnite: Battle Royale building tips and tricks will help you survive

Fortnite: Battle Royale sets itself apart from PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds with its building mechanics. From gathering resources, to making cover on the fly, to building towers, here is how to build like a pro.
Gaming

Apex Legends cheaters reportedly being kicked out with permanent hardware bans

Respawn Entertainment has reportedly started issuing permanent hardware bans against Apex Legends cheaters. The studio is raising the bar on how cheating in online multiplayer games should be dealt with.