Han Solo is as important to the “Star Wars” saga as bread is to the sandwich. I often argue one of the reasons the prequel trilogy didn’t fare so well with fans is because it lacked a Solo-type character. Han Solo is just the absolute best scoundrel in the history of film. So, if Disney plans to make more movies involving the original trilogy’s Big 3, then they have to get Harrison Ford on board. According to an exclusive with Entertainment Weekly, Ford would be interested if the right stars align.
“Harrison is open to the idea of doing the movie and he’s upbeat about it, all three of them are,” said one highly placed source, referring to Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher, the trio that made a hyper-speed jump to global fame on May 25, 1977, the opening night for George Lucas’s original Star Wars film.
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.
A character like Han Solo deserves a sort of odd respect — if he’s not going to be an ongoing character in the new trilogy, then he should be given a dignified on-screen death. If Fisher and Hamill return, and fans are given a “Han died three years ago from complications of being a badass,” then we might feel a tad cheated.
It’s not like Ford needs the money, but I think a part of him will always feel loyal to the property that made him one of the highest grossing actors in the history of Hollywood. If the script(s) are good enough and his interest is piqued, then great, we’ll have him in a movie or two or three (or more?). It’s so easy to just say that, “Well, he was in ‘Cowboys & Aliens’ and ‘Indiana Jones 4,’ so he obviously doesn’t know a weak script when he reads it…” but it’s not entirely fair. The man obviously wants to make fun movies, and even though both were flops (to me, anyway), I think he is just trying to keep things fun and entertaining.
I’ve no idea what Disney has in plan for the upcoming films, but seeing the Big 3 back on the big screen would be a fantastic thing, even if it’s short lived.