It's been said that the new trilogy of Star Wars films would include characters from the original trilogy including Luke Skywalker, Princess Liea and Han Solo. I was pretty sure Mark Hamill and Carrie Fischer would happily return to the franchise, but the big question on everyone's mind is... what about Harrison Ford?! Would he return to the franchise that launched his career? According to EW, he's definitely open to the idea!
According to the source, "Harrison is open to the idea of doing the movie and he’s upbeat about it, all three of them are." This is good to hear because just a couple of years ago Ford talked about Solo in an interview in which he said, “As a character he was not so interesting to me... I thought he should have died in the last one to give it some bottom… George didn’t think there was any future in dead Han toys."
There's no doubt that if Ford did return, Disney would end up paying him a hell of a lot of money! Not only that but the site mentions that "Ford might be drawn back by the upside of changes at Lucasfilm where the respected Kathleen Kennedy is taking over as company president, and with the Jedi franchise as a whole now that Kennedy is in as executive producer and Lucas will take on a consultant role, leaving the director’s chair for someone else."
Of course Ford isn't going to sign on to anything until after there's a script and a director is attached to the project. The fact that I hear he's at least open to the idea is very exciting, even if he still doesn't quite get it. When he appeared at the 30th Anniversary screening of the The Empire Strikes Back in 2010 to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, he told the crowd "I don’t know that I understood it very well. I’m not sure I understand it yet…I was very happy to be involved. I was pleased to be a part of an ensemble."
It sounds like he'd be pleased to be part of an ensemble at least one more time. If the new Star Wars trilogy does include the original character years after the events of Return of the Jedi, I truly hope that Ford does indeed come back to reprise his role as Han Solo.
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