Oscar-nominated actor Harrison Ford is reportedly “open to the idea” of reprising the role of Han Solo in the upcoming seventh Star Wars film.
Despite the 70-year-old thespian having sniffily dismissed Solo as “a character [who] was not so interesting to me” in the past, Entertainment Weekly quotes a “highly placed source” as saying: “Harrison is open to the idea of doing the movie and he’s upbeat about it.”
The informant added “all three of them are,” referring to Ford and his Star Wars co-stars Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, who respectively played Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy.
However, it is possible that Ford may insist on a death scene for Solo in the upcoming film. In an interview the actor gave to ABC in 2010, he revealed his belief that the iconic Corellian smuggler should have perished during Return of the Jedi.
He said: “I thought [Solo] 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 is said that Ford won’t proceed with further contract talks until the film has both a script and a director in place, but the “upbeat” reaction of the franchise’s breakout star is bound to excite fans of George Lucas’s space saga.
Unlike the rest of the Star Wars cast, Harrison Ford managed to forge an enormously successful Hollywood career after starring in A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
Thanks in part to having played Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark, which came out between Empire and Jedi, Ford was able to capitalise on his popularity in both the Star Wars and Indy franchises and win starring roles in the likes of Blade Runner, The Fugitive and Air Force One.
The Walt Disney Company bought Lucasfilm from George Lucas for $4bn dollars at the end of October, and the House of Mouse has since declared its intention to make a new Star Wars film “every two or three years” following Episode VII’s release in 2015.