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Report: Harrison Ford to Return as Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode VII

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“Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good life insurance policy at your side. That’s why I chose Coruscant Colonial Life Insurance.”

- Han Solo, Star Wars: Episode VII probably

All the rumors swirling about a young Han Solo movie and who might play him are well and good, but El Mayimbe over at Latino-Review used his Jedi mind tricks to ferret out a juicy detail about the much-anticipated J.J. Abrams-directed Star Wars: Episode VII: Harrison Ford will be returning to reprise his role as “Han Solo.” Obviously, the extent of the character’s involvement isn’t known at this time and while, back in November, Ford said he was open to returning, the news comes as a bit of a surprise considering how ardently he has tried to distance himself from the franchise in the past. That being said – this might be the most exciting tidbit I’ve seen yet. Here’s hoping that Ford’s involvement will be more than turning Han and Chewie into Murtaugh and Riggs, complaining about how they’re getting too old for this shit and, back in their day, they used to make the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs, uphill both ways.

Are you excited to see Harrison Ford pick up the blaster again? Quemment below and let us know.

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  • Seriously? I never intended to list them all for you; it was just an example. If I were counting, obviously that wouldn’t be reasonable.

    Point is, there are simple things that can be done with a story to ALLOW for an explanation, without having to actually incorporate the EU plots themselves. As it is, where the book chronology ends, Han is in his early 70′s… and Harrison Ford is 70. The canvas is almost completely blank, and it won’t take much to make the story fit… meaning that it would be a severely missed opportunity not to.

  • You’re just not understanding difference between “Please reference the Thrawn trilogy and require that people read the books!” versus “Please don’t needlessly override minor, impertinent details!”

    There’s a BIG difference, and “they” might not be asking for something as unreasonable as what you presume “they” are asking for.

  • “Dickwad” because it’s generally rather rude to refer to a group as “they” while members of that group are posting here, and you seem to be responding to “them,” despite the fact that your claims had already been refuted before you even made them…

    I won’t start hurling insults at JJ; I’ll simply be disappointed if the many years I’ve spent reading Star Wars stories are blatantly or needlessly rendered false, especially considering that hundreds of books and comics have managed to keep to one continuity and still tell some awesome stories.

    Let me give you an example: if they give the Solos a daughter, and her story is exactly like that of Jaina Solo, but her NAME isn’t Jaina, I will be disappointed. They don’t have to mention her dead siblings, or anything else… but if they disregard simple facts which don’t matter either way, that’s just wasteful, sloppy story construction, and it would be an insult to what has come before.

    I even JUST said that if Chewie’s still alive, I’m fine with that retcon. I, for one, have stated a pretty reasonable set of expectations… but if I’m just a part of “those c-canon people,” then obviously the words I say as an individual don’t matter, and I’ll be reduced to a stereotype.

  • Dickwad, really? I think it is obvious who I am referring to.. The people that take C-Cannon too seriously.. How fast will you start hurling insults at JJ if he doesn’t agree with cannon completely? Star Wars was made for the big screen and while some books are awesome, I have never seen them as actual continuations of the story.. And most people have not read any of the books..

  • When referring to EU fans, who’s “they,” dickwad? Did you read anything I just said? I said a Thrawn movie is a fantasy at best, and not what most EU fans want. If you don’t believe me, look at the sequel continuity thread on theforce.net… it’s just people who don’t want canon thrown out.

    And by the way, most EU fans are also prequel supporters, which probably means that we’re actually much easier to satisfy than the “George Lucas raped my childhood” crowd. And as far as EU fandom, it radiates out from the core. Without an EU, there wouldn’t be enough for core fans to latch onto, no dedicated conventions, no continued merchandising; look at Indiana Jones. Arguably better films, but is that fandom as big as Star Wars? Definitely not.

    Minor boundaries such as those put in place by the EU don’t throttle creativity; they fuel it.

  • I don;t think anyone cares about the EU fans.. They will never be happy and trying to restrict the creativity of the new filmmakers just to make the EU fans happy is futile.. They will never be satisfied, unless it is a Thrawn movie :)

  • I mean, hours upon hours upon HOURS of reading, in some cases across one’s entire life, arbitrarily thrown out for the sake of 2 1/2 hours of movie? If you can’t put yourself in the shoes of an EU fan and see why that’s pretty heartbreaking, then ya got no heart.

  • @Stu: I just have to call you on one thing… the books DO keep strict continuity, thanks to Lucas Licensing; it’s not just a fiction free-for-all. There are retcon explanations that have to made every now and then, but the cores of the books remain within continuity.

    Anyway, all it requires is not stepping on the toes of what’s been laid down. It’s not like it has to be based on those stories in any way, or even use any of their plot information… it just requires a few basic, foundation things, like the names of the kids (or in the case of the young Han movie, the basic story of how Chewie and Han met, if it even gets brought up).

    The Clone Wars show proves that it’s possible to remain harmonious with the EU while still liberally filling in the gaps; all it requires is for somebody who knows their lore (like Dave Filoni) to take a pass at the scripts. Nothing fundamental about the stories has to change… just names here and there.

    Just understand what you’re arguing against; most pro-EU people might fantasize about a Thrawn movie, but the fantasy isn’t what we’re actually asking for… we’re just hoping that it’s not totally thrown out. There’s no need for that. EU details are not that invasive, and any good writer could fit his story around them.

    • Concerning the EU…

      They were to me as different from the movies as Amazing Spider-man is from Ultimate, or the X-Men comics are from the comics, and cartoon series. I don’t see anything wrong with it and I loved a few of the books; but trying to keep the continuity, that even most of those *ahem* novels couldn’t keep, just seems like a waste of energy.

  • Some of the comments have been very lol – inducing (clever) while others remind me that STAR WARS fans are still smarting from Episodes I II & III (I didn’t like Jar Jar Binks, also, or the over use of CGI environments vs shot on location and / or great looking Soundstage – but I enjoyed the films for what they were) …

    Personally, I would <3 to see Leia Organa, Han Solo & Luke Skywalker return to end their Characters on high notes (if Harrison Fords wants Han Solo to get killed? so be it! Give both Leia & Luke a reason to unleash their Jedi abilities) …

    Star Wars Expanded Universe leaves so much open for writers to work with & bringing in Lawrence Kasdan was one of thee best ideas

  • To all of you “Star Wars Fans” that don’t want to see new Star Wars movies, I must say, pzzzzzzzzzzzzbbbbt!!!!

    How could you not want to see more more MORE of our beloved Universe up on the screen. Even the hated prequels produced Darth Maul and Qui Gon Jinn. Count Doku was a blast up until the point that he died.

    Harrison Ford *is* Han and seeing him again will be worth it no matter what. I even hope he gets another shot at Indy so he can correct what went wrong. But, yeah, Han in “canon” out of “canon” in EU out of EU it won’t matter. I want to see it.

  • Harrison Ford back as Han Solo? All I can think about is Crystal Skull, god help me, I tried so hard to forget it. Also, considering how J J Abrams botched the continuity of Star Trek and added outrageous plotlines (e.g. the Spock / Uhura coupling) that totally flew in the face of the series and movies, what could possibly go wrong? DON’T DO IT. RUN AWAY.

  • If this is true, it officially makes Ford a whore. He wanted Solo to die in ROTJ, has never attended a con and treats the fandom with disdain. Forget the original characters, scrap the EU and start with fresh material.

  • Am I the only one to think that an older Han Solo makes sense in the Star Wars universe? I see it as adding depth to his character. I just hope the character reflects the age difference. I believe that is the mistake made with the last Indy movie. Hell…I’d kill to see a new Blade Runner movie with Ford too.

  • Call me guardedly optimistic. If the sequels take place 30+ years after the Battle of Endor, then I could see Han as a crusty old guy. Maybe he went back into smuggling after the war, or maybe he became a legitimate freighter pilot.

    With Han coming back, that’s got to mean Leia is returning too (unless they kill her character off in the intervening span), which could be a good thing. I would also like to see Mark Hamill as an older, wiser, possibly darker Luke.

    I am crossing my fingers for this one, and my toes, and any other crossable parts of my anatomy. Only time will tell.

  • As mentioned in the article it could go terribly wrong with the “too old for this’ bit. Then again, it could be just right and that’s what’s exciting. Looking forward to it!

  • @Darryl: Naturally, one who hasn’t personally paid any attention to the EU wouldn’t care about it… duh. But come on, have the breadth of perspective to realize that, without the EU, it’s ostensible that the fanbase for these films wouldn’t even be strong enough to have merited a continuation of the film series in the first place. There wouldn’t have been anything for that core (even if it’s just a vocal minority) to latch onto for all these years.

    It’d be a slap in the face to both the authors and the readers to say, “All that time you spent writing/reading about this world? Yeah, it never happened.” It’s worse than ending a series with the “it was all a dream” trope.

    I’m not saying they need to make the EU into movies… I’m just saying they need to FIT the movies into the spaces, and there are ample spaces in which to do so, like the one I mentioned above. It would be completely unnecessary to blatantly disregard it all; it just requires a little bit of extra research, maybe a nod here and there (like, “this guy’s the biggest so-and-so blah blah blah since Thrawn!”), and for any major retcon decisions to be made with a heavy enough heart that it’s all done respectfully. I think that’s all anyone could reasonable ask for.

  • *crumbles*

    *SIGH*

    Why?

    I’d rather remember Han Solo the way he WAS. Harrison Ford is definitely an icon, but even William Shatner knew when to hang up his Captain’s Rug.

    Or at least Ron Moore and Brannon Braga ended up writing a shitty script/scene to kill Kirk off, but I digress.

  • Hm. Could be interesting. He’s a good, solid actor. Wondering about the script, though–how far in the future? I would have loved to have seen Abrams do something along the lines of VECTOR PRIME, but Ford is definitely too old to be that Han. Hm.

  • It’s exciting news, but it’s starting to give me a little bit of deja vu. I still haven’t forgiven J.J. Abrams for what he’s done (and continues to do) to Star Trek. I’m envisioning Han Solo in a cave somewhere in a galaxy far far away with a great big threatening reset button…let’s just hope that’s not where this is going…

  • The expanded universe – eesh. As a Star Wars fan, whilst I appreciate there is an audience that enjoyed the spin off imaginings in various novels and games over the years – I’ve never thought of it as offiical. It’s a parallel universe at best, and best left there. Bring on Han Solo but please leave the expanded universe stuff in a lightspeed trail far far away from the movie.

  • I think Ford wanted to distance himself from Star Wars early in his career because he was worried about being typecast in science fiction movies. Which I think was smart on his part. Indy on the other hand wasn’t as much of a liability. Now that he’s gone on to have a successful career, he can now reprise the role of Han. The question is, will they bring back Hamill and/or Fischer? Both of whom would need to go to fat camp first.

  • Waaaaait a minute…

    That’s a bit of a skeevy source. Never trust a reporter with Jimmy Darmody hair (and I say that as an untrustworthy gentleman with Jimmy Darmody hair).

  • KNEW IT! JJ produced that movie where Ford played the morning news show host, and I know he’s praised JJ in interviews before. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if the decision to hire JJ was partially influenced by Ford.

    Thing is, EU will be preserved if they use the right names for the kids. Nothing else will need to be thrown out, because as it is, the timeline of the books recently just stopped… completely stopped… after Fate of the Jedi, with Han in his 70′s or 80′s or so, around Harrison’s real age. There’s one more book coming out that centers on the “big three,” but it’ll probly be made to fit the upcoming movie continuity.

    It’ll be especially uninvasive if Han is just in as a bit of a “passing the torch” cameo. Of course, one retcon I’d be totally OK with is for Chewie to still be alive…

  • This is an amazing development, and I hope to see Abrams do the franchise justice. I’d even go as far as to say that I’d like to see a Star Trek-esque reboot of the franchise. That, however, is probably wishful thinking. Let’s just hope that the series can reclaim it’s good name, and leave all of us fanboys, if not ecstatic, at least with a modicum of a nerdgasm.