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Harrison Ford Wants Han Solo To Die. There. We Said It. He’d Still Play Him In Star Wars VII Though.

The next logical step in a huge Disney/LucasFilm purchase announcement is who will direct and who will star in Star Wars VII. Speculation is running wild since last week but a few tidbits are slowly leaking out. For instance, Harrison Ford is apparently up for returning to his iconic role even though he really wanted Han Solo to die. This is what we get for hiring a smuggler. 

The news comes via Entertainment Weekly. According to a “highly-placed source” Ford is “open to the idea of doing the movie and he’s upbeat about it, all three of them are.” The source is including his Star Wars co-stars Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher.

But Ford, who has admitted to not particularly liking Han as a character in the past, said this in a 2010 interview, “I thought he should have died in the last one to give it some bottom…George [Lucas] didn’t think there was any future in dead Han toys.” And in fact, that was the case, Han was meant to die in an earlier draft of Return of the Jedi. So would he insist on going out in a blaze of glory should he return?

Entertainment Weekly writes, “Indeed, Ford won’t go to the next level of contract talks until there’s a script and director in place. Either could be a deal breaker. Still, at any stage, an ‘upbeat; signal from Ford on any Solo matter is enough to shock and excite fans who view Star Wars as something close to religion.”

Meanwhile, Hamill said this of the older crew making a comeback. “I can see both sides of it, because in a way, there was a beginning, a middle, and an end and we all lived happily ever after and that’s the way it should be — and it’s great that people have fond memories, if they do have fond memories,” he said. “But on the other hand, there’s this ravenous desire on the part of the true believers to have more and more and more material.”

Would you like to see the trio return for the third trilogy or would you prefer new blood?

(via Entertainment Weekly, image via our charming “Get Over It” list)

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  • Kate Lorimer

    Ford was quoted as saying much the same thing during production…. also in the original script the Falcon (w/ Lando and cool wee Nien Numb dude) dont make it out of the death star explosion… but it seemed like Lucas wanted a happy ever after. Spare a thought for poor James Cameron who tried to do the same twice with Aliens and Terminator 2 :D

    I would personally love to see Episode VII as was depicted in Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn trilogy – currently listening to the 20th anniversary audiobook and had forgotten how “right” it felt… so.. dare I say it… I’m OK with the idea of re-casting. Nathan Fillion in, Ford out. But thats just me :)

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    Oh my god. I haven’t squee’d in my entire life. I didn’t even know I had the vocal range. A Mal Reynolds Han Solo brought it out of me almost immediately.

    That being said, if FORD is in (and that is a huge surprise) then I’m sure Hamill’s in, but I really am not sure how I feel about Carrie Fisher reprising her role.

  • Anonymous

    Your mouth to the Mouse’s huge ears.
    I can understand the desire for Han to go out, but it would have passed up the opportunity for all the character growth he gets in the Expanded Uni(ignoring Courtship of Princess Leia, we all agree to do that, right??)

  • Anonymous

    The Collider rumor that Vaughn may have left XMen for Ep VII is blowing my little geek mind.

  • Kate Lorimer

    Yeah.. courtship bleh. For me, I reall only enjoyed the Zahn books, and the “Tales from… ” Mos Eisley/Jabbas Palace.. I thought the Kevin J. Anderson books were entertaining, but ultimately a bit disappointing and not nailing the characters as well as Zahn.

  • Anonymous

    Mara Jade is my Goddess, so I hear ya on the Zahn books.
    I wanted to like Callista, but just….couldn’t. Plus her problem made absolutely no sense within the context of the universe, though Knights of the Old Republic did state pretty explicitly that Jedi could be “severed” from the force, it was a matter of relearning, not lacking any ability at all.
    All the one offs(Crystal Star, New Rebellion, Truce at Bakura) were pretty terrible, the Jedi Academy wasn’t too bad. The Expanded Uni didn’t really pick up again until the New Jedi Order series, and that one was so brutal, I had a hard time staying with it.

  • Kate Lorimer

    See Zahn has a new one on the way that sounds sooooo awesome: Scoundrels!

  • Kate Lorimer

    oh.. and THIS: For the love of Zod no. :

    I loved you Mr. Ford… but the time has past for any further Solo adventures :(

  • Mark Matson

    I’d like to see all three in the next movie, but they should be minor characters.

  • Alexis the Unicorn

    It all depends on what story they’re going with, really. If we’re doing an in their later years this happened kinda thing, then yeah, I’d be on board for the original actors. That would be awesome. But if they’re going to pick up right where they left off with Han, Luke, and Leia, then no. That would be bad. In fact it would be down right pathetic. In which case it would be okay for them to switch actors, and maybe have to original three do cameos?

  • Abby Milberg

    I want to see it be about Han and Leia’s kids. I mean, putting aside the fact that the very existence of a Star Wars Episode VII is blasphemy in the first place.

  • Inky

    I think it’d be awesome to have the old cast back (I didn’t even think that would happen!) but I’m not sure if I’d want their characters to be the focus of the new movies. I’d like to have some new main characters, with maybe the old trio serving as mentors, or having some other sort of supporting role.

    well, really in my dream world I just want to see the Thrawn Trilogy get filmed, but I don’t think they’re young enough to do those roles now. I don’t think anyone would buy Han and Leia as young expecting parents these days.

  • Anonymous

    How about they all die in a superweapon attack in the first minutes of the movie?

  • Anonymous

    Actually looks real similar to one of the Legacy covers.

    I liked Zahn’s Outbound Flight, it was a chance to get to know Thrawn before he met Palpatine, and I liked the look at that pirate guy Karrde used to work for, knowing that he knew Thrawn.

    Tatooine Ghost is another one I liked, Leia returns to Tatooine, learns about Shmi and decides to face her fears over having children. For a series all about space explosions, it was a surprisingly personal journey.

  • Kate Lorimer

    Ah. The James Cameron sequel Effect. :D

  • josh77667

    I think they should start back to basic, with a new Sega about the video game Star wars knights of the old republic it has amazing potential, and they wont have to screw with killing one of the most iconic characters like Han, I think a new start would wipe this slate clean from lucas story of star wars, the story of Revan would be amazing to watch on the big screen