Ford Reportedly Returning as Han Solo for 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

Does this news lower or raise your expectations?

Harrison Ford as Han Solo
Harrison Ford as Han Solo
Photo: 20th Century Fox

I can't quite get a bead on my feelings for the upcoming J.J. Abrams-directed Star Wars: Episode VII. My level of interest is obviously low, but I'm wondering what kind of news I could hear that would increase my interest, but today's rumor that Harrison Ford has agreed to return as Han Solo isn't it. After all, we all saw Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull... right?

The news comes from Latino Review who seem confident in their reporting and are known for nailing casting scoops on this level, but beyond Ford's alleged signing, they don't know if we're talking about a simple cameo or something more substantial.

Ford's interest isn't exactly new, as EW reported just last November with a source saying, "Harrison is open to the idea of doing the movie and he's upbeat about it, all three of them are." The "three" being referred to there includes Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher.

So I have to ask, where does your excitement lie and does this news make things better or worse?

Interestingly enough, should Ford return to the role of Han Solo and return as Deckard for Ridley Scott's planned Blade Runner 2, it would seem we are doing the '80s all over again. After all, aren't the '80s considered the peak of cinema excellence? (sarcasm intended)

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  • Jason Carnes

    I don't think that "Crystal Skull" is a fair reference to judge off of. It definitely raises my excitement level for sure as long as Hamill, and Fisher stay out of the mix. As far as Blade Runner 2 goes though I don't know if I even want to see Deckard's character in it.

    • Seiko

      Have to agree, forget "Crystal Skull." Let's face it, we will never have to indure anything worse than "The Phantom Menance," for one thing. I do hope they don't try to have Harrison Ford in a million action scenes (he can fly his ship though).

  • Mike W

    Star Wars trying to re-live glory years with three bloated, 'I'm too old for this shit' characters does not appeal to me AT ALL.
    Plus, I am really tired of Harrison Ford's grumpiness; lighten up!

    • Newbourne

      He has to pay 50% of every single paycheck he EVER gets to his greedy ex-wife. I would be upset too.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/kylejames182/ kyle coley

    and im gone

  • http://www.electriccin.blogspot.com theJackal

    I'm excited to see how director J.J. Abrams utilizes Mr. Ford in Episode VII. Considering the wonderful role he built around Leonard Nimoy in Star Trek (2009), I think we can rest at ease.

    Not sure why there was a dig against 80s Cinema at the end of this article, Brad. I know it's fun to bash the decade of Punk music, bad hair and white powder; however, it delivered some truly timeless films, many of which make my "Greatest Films of All-Time" list. Raiders of the Lost Ark, Raging Bull, E.T., The Empire Strikes Back, Gandhi, Platoon, Rain Man, Salvador, Aliens, Blade Runner and Out of Africa are just a few of the great films from this era. I think the period between 1980-1989 is one of the most underrated periods in film history. Yes, I realize that this article was about a Ford cameo, but the last comment irked me.

    Thems the facts

  • Mr. Jim

    I have to wait longer for a synopsis and a trailer, I have trust in Abrams give him some good actors and a big budget and I think he'll make it work.

  • Winchester

    Um, yes I saw Crystal Skull.................Ford wasn't particularly one of the issues that film may have had.

    But this doesn't shift me either way at this point (were it to be true) because it still wouldn't strictly tell a whole lot about their intentions. It could be a cameo, it could be integral or (as noted) it could be a little like the use of Nimoy in 2009's Star Trek where he had a role in 'passing the torch' on between incarnations.

    So, yeah it could be of interest but doesn't do a whole lot right at this moment.