Wherever Harrison Ford goes these days, questions about his involvement with director J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII tend to follow. You have to feel bad for the guy sometimes.
While promoting his latest sci-fi flick Ender’s Game on Today this weekend, host Erica Hill decided to ask the actor about his involvement with the highly-anticipated sequel. Not surprisingly, Ford revealed that he wasn’t in a position to say anything official on the matter.
“Before we let you go, I know you said you would love to reprise Indiana Jones, there’s a lot of speculation about Han Solo. Would you care to entertain any of that speculation?” Hill asked Harrison Ford.
When the actor stated that he simply couldn’t comment on the status of J.J. Abrams’ forthcoming Star Wars sequel, Hill decided to push the issue.
“Okay, so we’ll read into that whatever we want to read into it. How is that?” she asked.
“It’s a work in progress… maybe,” Ford remarked.
Depending on who you choose to believe these days, Harrison Ford reportedly exchanged his role as Han Solo for a chance to put together Indiana Jones 5. According to JediNews, the actor worked out a deal with Lucasfilm and Disney to reprise his role as Solo in a handful of upcoming features.
The website explained:
“Ford wanted a commitment to ‘Indy 5.’ He did not get this as there is no plot line or script in place. What did happen was an agreement was made wherein an outline would be developed by the end of calendar year 2014, and if all parties can agree to it moving forward, efforts would be made to move on ‘Indy 5’ for release before the end of 2016.”
Not surprisingly, neither Harrison Ford nor Disney have commented on these reports as of this writing. As such, treating this stuff as rumor is advisable for the moment. Considering Lawrence Kasdan was recently hired to help out with J.J. Abrams’ script, Han Solo may not have a role in Star Wars: Episode VII at all.
However, Ford previously told The Telegraph that he wouldn’t mind returning to the Indiana Jones franchise one more time. As a fan of the franchise, this writer definitely wants to see the character receive a much better send-off than Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. I’m sure others will agree with this sentiment.
He told the publication:
“We’ve seen the character develop and grow over a period of time and it’s perfectly appropriate and okay for him to come back again with a great movie around him where he doesn’t necessarily have to kick as much ass. To me, what was interesting about the character was that he prevailed, that he had courage, that he had wit, that he had intelligence, that he was frightened and that he still managed to survive. That I can do.”
Do you think Harrison Ford will return as Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode VII?
[Image via Lucasfilm / Walt Disney Pictures]