It’s being reported that Harrison Ford has informally agreed to reprise his role as Han-Solo for Star Wars: Episode VII. And from a legitimate source, too!
I never really understood the deep adoration many fans feel for the character; he’s a strong, likable character, but I didn’t feel like he was the strongest aspect of the initial trilogy, especially in Episode VI (to be fair, Harrison Ford thought Han should have been killed off by then).
Still, I’m excited for the idea of Harrison Ford reprising the role that made him famous. Allegedly, he’ll play a significant role in the film, which, for me, bodes well for a return of at least some of the initial cast. I’m in the boat of fans that want to see new characters and stories happen, but enjoy the anchor of the returning cast, hopefully to “pass the torch” to the next generation. Let’s not forget that while the original films are beloved classics, it’s the next generation work like the “Clone Wars” tv show that has demonstrated what level of quality Star Wars is capable of when given to a competent writing team (sorry, George Lucas). That’w why I think blending the nostalgia of the past while looking to the future is the best bet for a successful new trilogy.
My biggest hope for a return is Mark Hamill. What do you think? Are you excited for Han Solo, or do images of the nuked fridge still haunt your dreams?