When news broke in October that Disney acquired Lucasfilm and planned to continue the Star Wars franchise, fans were forced to confront several troubling uncertainties. Foremost among them was the involvement of the original cast—including stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford—in future Star Wars films. Would they return to reprise their iconic roles or would the franchise simply move on without them, leaving the original cast where they left off at the end of Return of the Jedi?
In November, Entertainment Weekly spoke to a source close to the franchise, who made it clear that Harrison Ford was willing to consider more Star Wars films (“Harrison is open to the idea of doing the movie and he’s upbeat about it”), but this was far from a sure thing. After all, Ford is notorious for abandoning projects after lengthy deliberation—and there wasn’t any clear indication that Han Solo would even be a character in Episode VII.
Three months passed with no real update on Ford’s involvement, but late last week, Latino Review’s El Mayimbe visited Fox News Latino to break some exclusive news. “It’s official: Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Han Solo in the upcoming Star Wars movies,” he said. “I found that out yesterday. I did my due diligence, like I do with everything. Triple checked. Legitimate sources.”
Disney hasn’t confirmed El Mayimbe’s scoop, but they haven’t denied it either. Given the financial rewards Ford is probably facing, it’s hard to imagine why he wouldn’t return. While his involvement may be less official than Latino Review is suggesting, the very fact that he’s in talks with Disney would seem to confirm a promising possibility: a new Star Wars film featuring the protagonists of the original franchise.