Harrison Ford Open to Star Wars Episode 7, (But Only if Han Solo Dies)
After Harrison Ford's fairly unsteady turn in Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, would sci-fi fans really want him back as Han Solo in Star Wars Episode 7? We only ask because an unnamed source told Entertainment Weekly's Geoff Boucher that Ford is "open to the idea of doing the movie and he's upbeat about it." Which translates to: he really, really wants to be in it.
There is one slight caveat to Ford's potential appearance: he wants his character to die. Han Solo was actually close to death in Star Wars: Episode VI - The Return of the Jedi, though George Lucas decided against it. "I thought he should have died in the last one, just to give it some bottom; some gravitas," Harrison Ford told Peter Travers in an interview with ABC in 2010. "George didn't think there was any future in dead Han toys." It's certainly surprising that Ford even wants to play Han Solo again - he's now 70-years-old - and previously spoke of his disinterest at the role. "I don't think there's a way to weave him back into the story," he said in the same interview. Earlier this week, Collider.com suggested Matthew Vaughn is in talks to direct Episode VIII and dropped out of the X-Men sequel in order to prioritize talks for the new Disney movie.
In an E! Online poll this week, users voted for Tom Hardy as their preferred actor to play Han Solo.