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In the wake of Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm, and the announcement of a new 'Star Wars' film due to arrive in 2015, the wheels of speculation have been churning full steam online as to what the new film may be and who might direct it. With the flurry or rumors it's hard to know what's actually on the table and what is simply wishful thinking. If today's news is anything but certainty, my day is ruined. It appears Harrison Ford, Han Solo himself, is quite keen on the idea to return to the 'Star Wars' franchise. According to a source close to the actor, Ford is all for playing Solo again, even being described as being "upbeat about it." This is surprising considering how open Ford has been regarding his less-than-enthusiastic feelings toward his legendary role and the original trilogy altogether. The source goes on to say that Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisherare all onboard to return. Now we just need to get that pesky script finished and a director in place.
This is one of those moments when fanboy mentality will completely take over my brain, and I openly admit that. 'Star Wars' is such a huge part of my life and the idea of seeing Han Solo again on the big screen completely supersedes all obvious concerns about Ford's age and how it may hamper his ability to play the character again. The difference, I feel between his returning to Han and his return to Indiana Jones is that he won't likely be the central focus of the new 'Star Wars'film so the burden of carrying the action sequences won't rest entirely on his shoulders. In other words, there are plenty of other characters we care about in this universe, and so many rich opportunities for advanced storylines, that older Solo can be the elder statesman of the new republic, still be a badass, and not have to be written in to as many age-inappropriate stunts.
Plus, you know, Han goddamn Solo! It would be a chance for me to see a cinematic Han Solo adventure released in my lifetime. Is that an entirely selfish motive that can't be defended in terms of whether it's actually good for the new franchise? Absolutely. I'm just being honest. And further the idea of Han, Luke, and Leiaall returning has me ecstatic. However, before we start lining up to purchase the limited edition Old Han action figure, it should be mentioned that this could all still fall apart depending on schedules, contracts, and/or whether Ford approves of the eventual script and director choice. Ok fellow geeks, what do you guys think?
Why would Ford be interested in returning after so many years of apparent disdain for the character? Should we be excited at the prospect of his return or are we being biased by our fandom? How could older Solo work into the new 'Star Wars'universe?