A new report has stated that one of the most beloved Star Wars characters is indeed going to be back for the new Disney production, Star Wars: Episode VII; Harrison Ford is said to be reprising his original role as the “scruffy-looking” smuggler, Han Solo.
Latino Review brought this news via an appearance by the site’s El Mayimbe on Fox News Latino, where he said:
“It’s official. Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Han Solo in the upcoming Star Wars movies.”
While I wouldn’t take this as being set in stone, Latino Review has broken many big film stories that were indeed confirmed down the line and El Mayimbe stated:
“I found that out yesterday. I did my due diligence, like I do with everything. Triple checked. Legitimate sources.”
Back in November, Ford had indicated he’d be up for reprising the role, as rumors swirled that Han Solo, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) would all be a part of Episode VII, in some fashion.
For now, Lucasfilm has not officially announced anything regarding the casting for Star Wars, but El Mayimbe went on to say:
“His deal is done. It’s just a formality. They haven’t really announced it yet.”
Without a doubt, Han Solo was one of my favorite characters of the Star Wars films. With it being nearly 30 years since Ford has portrayed the role (Return of the Jedi, 1983) and now with the actor showing his age (recently reprising his role as Indiana Jones in the 2008 film Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull), it will be interesting to say the least how the character will fit in the new film and in what capacity he will serve.
For those fans thinking that Episode VII will follow the storyline published by writer Timothy Zahn in his trilogy of Star Wars novels taking place after that of Return of the Jedi, don’t get your hopes up. According to sources, though the Zahn trilogy of novels would make for a logical choice for the next trilogy of films, it had been confirmed from other sources that the upcoming Star Wars films under development would take a completely different direction.
Star Wars: Episode VII is scheduled to come to theaters in 2015.
How do you feel about Harrison Ford returning as Han Solo? Will it be a welcome sight to loyal fans? Or should this and other characters from the original trilogy of films 30 years ago stay in retirement? Leave your thoughts below.
by J. Minton