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It’s been a week since Disney officially bought Lucasfilm and announced that production will start on a seventh Star Wars film, but the rumors are already flying around. The latest report suggests that Harrison Ford, who has never been a big fan of his role as Han Solo in the original trilogy, is open to returning.
A highly placed source told Entertainment Weekly that Ford, 70, is “open to the idea of doing the movie and he’s upbeat about it, all three of them are.” Of course, the other two the source is referring to are Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker, and Carrie Fisher, who starred as Princess Leia.
Of the three leads from the Original Trilogy, Ford is the only one who followed his role with an immensely successful film career. While he has always loved the other characters he played, including the George Lucas-created Indiana Jones, he has never been kind to Han Solo.
Solo “was not so interesting to me,” he told ABC in 2010, notes AceShowbiz. In fact, he has said in the past that he hoped the character died at the end of Return of the Jedi.
“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,” Ford said in 2010.
EW’s report also notes that Ford will not go into contract negotiations until a director and writer are in place.
Hamill, who is best known today as a voice actor, has already sat down for an interview after Disney bought Lucasfilm, telling EW that even he was shocked when he heard the news. However, he said that Lucas told him and Fisher about the new trilogy last summer and that Kathleen Kennedy, who is now the president of Lucasfilm, would be in charge of making the new films.
So far, the only official word on Star Wars: Episode VII is that Lucas will not write or direct it and that it will be out in 2015.