Will they or won’t they? I mean Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo – are they going to reappear in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII or what?
Early last spring Carrie Fisher let slip that she and her two co-stars Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford would be back for the new Disney-driven series of Star Wars movies. Then George Lucas himself revealed that he had signed the three up for the new sequels before he’d even sold his company to the studio in the legendary $4 billion-dollar deal.
Still, there’s been no official announcement from Abrams or from the actors that deals have been finalized and contracts have been signed. So the speculation about the trio reprising their old roles continues – with the latest rumour centering on the highly reticent Harrison Ford whom, it’s alleged, is looking to make an Ark-sized deal in exchange for his agreement to once again pilot the Millennium Falcon.
Ford, say several sources, is bargaining with LucasFilm for a fifth Indiana Jones movie and he’s making his appearance in Episode VII contingent upon that deal. For their part LucasFilm is said to have a script for a new Indy sequel in development but they’re remaining hush-hush about it since Disney doesn’t own the distribution rights to the franchise… yet. The two parties are rumoured to have struck a sort of two-for-one deal – the studio gets their Han Solo and Ford gets to return to his favourite franchise in exchange.
The last Indiana Jones movie didn’t add much to the series plot-wise but the familiar fare was received pretty well by critics and managed to rake in nearly $800 million at the box office – meaning that Ford probably won’t have to twist any arms to get Indy back on the big screen.