With Disney acquiring Lucasfilms and fast-tracking ‘Star Wars: Episode VII,’ which will be written by ‘Toy Story 3’ screenwriter Michael Arndt, Han Solo might have a bad feeling, again. Actor Harrison Ford, who portrayed the space scallywag, stated that he’s open to appearing in another ‘Star Wars’ film.
Entertainment Weekly spoke to a “highly placed source,” who said, “Harrison is open to the idea of doing the movie and he’s upbeat about it.” The mystery source “close to the just-announced ‘Star Wars’ sequel” went on to explain that Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) are equally enthusiastic about the possibilities
It’s been 29 years since Ford last played the the scruffy-looking nerferder Han Solo in the original films. Ford very much wanted his character to be killed off in “Return of the Jedi.” However, Star Wars creator George Lucas scrapped the idea. In a 2010 interview with ABC News, Ford said, “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.”
“It was originally a 12-part saga,” Dale Pollock, author of the unauthorized Lucas biography, ‘Skywalking: The Life And Films Of George Lucas,’ told TheWrap. “The three most exciting stories were 7, 8 and 9. They had propulsive action, really interesting new worlds, new characters. I remember thinking, ‘I want to see these 3 movies.’”
However, one Hollywood bigwig will not be involved with the new Star Wars series. Steven Spielberg has ruled himself out of the running to directing the movie, telling Access Hollywood: “No! No! It’s not my genre. It’s my best friend George’s genre.”
‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ is slated for release in 2015.