He may have said to never tell him the odds, but it looks like our favorite space smuggler has his own measure of probability to share: 50/50.
During an interview on The Graham Norton Show promoting his upcoming film Ender’s Game, Harrison Ford revealed that he is still undecided about reprising his iconic role of Han Solo in Star Wars Episode VII. He simply said, “I’ve not quite made the choice”, keeping with the hush-hush attitude he’s been projecting ever since speculation of him returning, as well as Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, started to run rampant. This comes after he dodged the question back in April on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, although that was during a staged part of the interview. Episode VII, directed by J.J. Abrams, is still slated for a 2015 release.
Now, for anyone who thinks that Ford will eventually cave in to coming back to what made him a star and that this is just a tease, this news might not be as easy to write off as you think. If you read up on the production of Return of the Jedi, you’ll find that Ford wanted Han Solo to die in the film to give the end of the saga a bit more ‘oomph’ as well as give Ford an excuse to retire the character, but the idea was shot down by George Lucas for marketing reasons. So really, if you think about it, Ford might want to stick to his thirty-year-old guns and not appear in Episode VII, which could be a major bummer for a lot of Star Wars fans, including me. But right now, seeing that he gave an ambiguous answer with no contempt, there’s still a chance that he’ll come back to play the nerf-herder we know and love. Let’s just hope an announcement happens within the month, because coming Halloween it’ll be a year since Disney announced their acquisition of Lucasfilm and the production of Episode VII, and I haven’t got my fill of details to ponder and get excited over!
What do you guys think? Do you think Ford will come back to play Solo once again? Would you mind if he didn’t? Post your thoughts in the comments below.