Too bad to check: Harrison Ford to return as Han Solo in new “Star Wars” movies?

posted at 4:01 pm on February 15, 2013 by Allahpundit

Five years ago this would have been exciting. Then we got to test the waters with geriatric Indy in “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” And now here we are.

Opening scene of Episode VII: Fade in to Han and a gray-furred Chewbacca playing shuffleboard on the Millennium Falcon…

According to a new report, one of the most beloved Star Wars characters is indeed going to be back, portrayed by the actor who originated the role, as Latino Review is reporting that Harrison Ford is set to return as Han Solo for Star Wars: Episode VII.

Latino Review broke the news via an appearance by the site’s El Mayimbe on Fox News Latino, where he said, “It’s official. Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Han Solo in the upcoming Star Wars movies.” While not infallible, Latino Review has broken many big film stories that were indeed confirmed down the line and El Mayimbe stated, “I found that out yesterday. I did my due diligence, like I do with everything. Triple checked. Legitimate sources.”

Entertainment Weekly claimed back in November that Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher are all open to appearing in the next movies, so if you’re a fan of callback stunt cameos designed to make fanboys leap to their feet and applaud in tribute, this could be an embarrassment of riches. More from io9:

As a personal aside, does anyone else think bringing back any of the original trilogy characters is a terrible idea besides me? I literally have no desire to see old Mark Hamill, old Carrie Fisher, and ancient Harrison Ford in their iconic roles. The idea of seeing Han Solo shuffle around the Millennium Falcon and ease himself gently into the cockpit just sounds like the worst thing ever to me.

I’d rather remember my childhood heroes as young and vibrant and badass and not hideously old. Honestly, I’d much prefer to have new actors cast as 40-something Han, Luke and Leia as opposed to getting the originals to repirse their roles. Am I alone in this? Does this make me a bad Star Wars fan?

I too would prefer to remember Han as looking like Harrison Ford, not Ed Asner. Here’s the real problem: There are only three basic ways a Ford reprise can go and they’re all tediously familiar. First, of course, the stunt cameo. A bunch of new younger characters will be talking and one of them will say, “I’d like you to meet my wise, experienced elderly mentor/associate,” and then suddenly the crowd will part and there he’ll be, Harrison Ford as Han Farking Solo. Won’t matter what he says or does after that; the whole point of putting him in the movie is simply to make that moment possible. Meh. And double meh if they go the extra hacky route of pulling the stunt cameo in some sort of flashback. Second, they could give him a more substantial role by having him climb the ranks of the Rebel Alliance and appear as a General or Admiral, etc. Minor problem: That shtick has already been done, rather famously, and “Star Wars” doesn’t need any more “Star Trek” comparisons with J.J. Abrams taking over. Third, they could take the opposite route, recasting Han as an outsider rather than an insider, and put him in some sort of Rick Blaine/Rooster Cogburn scenario as the retired but still formidable rogue who’s being enlisted for One Last Mission on behalf of the good guys. Having him split from the Alliance over some irrelevant dispute and then reluctantly return to the fold in glory to save the day would be truer to his character anyway. I bet they go that route if they don’t go the stunt-cameo route, which, let’s face it, they probably will.

Exit question: Who’ll play young Han, though? And don’t say La Beef. Please. After the dismal reviews for “Crystal Skull,” Disney won’t go anywhere near that pairing.


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that just in: Disney signed up Michael Moore for a role in the next installment of the saga.

Archivarix on February 15, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Nope, Jabba the Hut was killed off.

Deanna on February 15, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Harrison Ford is bald??? Does he wear a hairpiece or something?

bluegill on February 15, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Credible Harrison Ford look-a-like: Matthew McConaughey.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2276013/Matthew-McConaughey-shows-new-paunch-set-True-Detectives.html

Check out those pics of him at that Daily Mail. The first time I saw those, I immediately thought of Harrison. Maybe a rougher, more hard edged Han Solo, but I think there is a resemblence.
Scopper on February 15, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Matthew McConaughey is a terrible actor with an incredibly annoying voice and phony, put-on charm. Barf, barf, barf.

bluegill on February 15, 2013 at 5:54 PM

mojo on February 15, 2013 at 5:30 PM

:-)

coldwarrior on February 15, 2013 at 5:56 PM

I tend to agree with you on Crystal Skull. I actually enjoyed the fridge scene, corny as it was. On the subject of Ford playing Han, I think you might be surprised just how much they can do with a combination of make-up and CGI. I mean, look at Gollum. Er – not that I’m comparing Ford to Gollum. ;)

Othniel on February 15, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Actually…..
They could do motion capture of old Harrison and then use the performance for adding a virtual young Harrison.

Free Indeed on February 15, 2013 at 5:56 PM

where did that horrible picture come from? s he really bald or is that just his look in the upcoming Ender’s Game movie?

The only reason i would want to see Harrison Ford back as Han Solo is if they made a movie adaptation of the short story The Last One Standing: The Tale of Boba Fett. In this awesome story, we follow around a young Boba Fett through his laugh and his developing grudge with Han Solo. We never meet the young Han Solo though, Fett is just obsessed with him. At the end, both are old men and Fett tries to once and for all hunt down and kill Solo out of spite. THAT would work with an old Harrison Ford, not a stunt casting in the new trilogy.

Daemonocracy on February 15, 2013 at 5:57 PM

we follow around a young Boba Fett through his laugh life

Daemonocracy on February 15, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Okay, a few basic casting ideas using known actors (obviously talented unknowns are an unknown factor).
Luke-Chris Hemsworth.
Leia-Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Han-Aaron Eckhart
Lando is giving me trouble. Nobody in any universe is as smooth as Billy Dee. Maybe Taye Diggs?
Now, just for fun if we assume that the new movies are the Thrawn Trilogy then you can cast some other people too!
Thrawn-Hugo Weaving.
Palleon-Jude Law.
Mara-Scarlett Johansson.
C’baoth-Gary Oldman.
Karrde-Daniel Craig.

Just making a list like this was a fun exercise. Anyone have any thoughts or other ideas?

jollycynic on February 15, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Nice pic, Harrison. Speaking of the Island of Dr. Moreau…

John the Libertarian on February 15, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Han So Old

HiJack on February 15, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Im disappointed in the negativity here. If Abrams does it right, all the original stars in the new trilogy would be epic. You are talking like George Lucas is writing and directing the new movies. JJ is too good to stunt cast or let something like the 4th Indy debacle happen….again, George Lucas isnt in charge.

I, for one, would hate to see them recast those iconic roles. It could work…i mean, the one thing Lucas got right in the prequels was Ewan McGregor as a perfectly cast young Obi Wan….but the odds on them finding that quality of match for Han, Luke, and Leia seem very long. Star Trek worked despite the recasting mismatches…(except Bones, he was pretty darn close). Star Wars fans wont accept that literary license. Just start with all new characters if thats the way you want to go.

Im looking forward to any involvement of our old heroes…if it actually happens.

alecj on February 15, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Im disappointed in the negativity here. If Abrams does it right, all the original stars in the new trilogy would be epic.

Im looking forward to any involvement of our old heroes…if it actually happens.

alecj on February 15, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Well, except for that Alec Guinness guy. Although, if someone found a way to bring him back it would make ol’ Harrison look like a spring chicken.

HiJack on February 15, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Just making a list like this was a fun exercise. Anyone have any thoughts or other ideas?

jollycynic on February 15, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Too obvious: Obama as Lando. Anything to get him out of D.C. and away from any kind of collaboration with the Donks. Think of the reviews. The media would tout his performance as the greatest actor in the world.

HiJack on February 15, 2013 at 6:23 PM

The first trilogy was a piece of carp that only succeeded because George Lucas was the first person to make a special effects Space Western.

SWalker on February 15, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Hard to call something that is a worldwide cultural phenomenon and paved the way for the summer movie blockbuster cr*p.

As for Harrison Ford and the original cast coming back, why not? (The shaved head look is for an upcoming movie called Paranoia.)

As a personal aside, does anyone else think bringing back any of the original trilogy characters is a terrible idea besides me? I literally have no desire to see old Mark Hamill, old Carrie Fisher, and ancient Harrison Ford in their iconic roles. The idea of seeing Han Solo shuffle around the Millennium Falcon and ease himself gently into the cockpit just sounds like the worst thing ever to me.

Did that “old” actor Sir Alec Guinness ruin the original trilogy by portraying Obi-wan Kenobi? If “old” Obi-wan Kenobi can mentor a young Luke Skywalker, so can an “old” Han Solo and the rest of the original cast to the new characters.

RedRobin145 on February 15, 2013 at 6:25 PM

If this follows what I heard 30 years ago then the timeline is in perfect sync as the Republic had been re-established and…..wait for it…..is PROBABLY CORRUPT again.

Add this for some spin…….what if one of Leia and Hans’ children becomes a SITH?

The family struggles to battle evil within it’s own self.

I would NOT be surprised.

PappyD61 on February 15, 2013 at 6:35 PM

I did not totally loathe Crystal Skull. Aside from LaBoeuf, I found it pretty much OK. As for the fridge incident, c’mon…. It’s an Indiana Jones movie. Where’s the willing suspension of belief?

catsandbooks on February 15, 2013 at 4:46 PM

AP, ban this one. I don’t care if it likes cats.

You have a sort of point. The fridge was not the low point of the movie. The alien awakening/spaceship departure was much, much worse.

TexasDan on February 15, 2013 at 6:48 PM

So, how many more ‘Star Wars’ movies are they going to barf up? Really – enough is enough.

Pork-Chop on February 15, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Harrison Ford looks like him.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 15, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Okay, enough already. It would take crazy old cat lady AP to start this thread, but it’s disappointing to see others take his lead. So what’s the idea here? That nobody ever gets older? That there’s no value to exploring the evolving contributions people make as they age? That there’s nothing of interest in exploring character development in movies? That we all need one more slam-bang shoot-em-up space opera devoid of a solid story with characters having some depth (and sorry, but youth doesn’t usually bring that to the table)? Good God.

Where is Ed in all of this? Isn’t he into movie reviews these days? Which, presumably, means he values something other than special effects. Somebody, for God’s sake, take the side of a real story… preferably over the emotional age of 15 (irrespective of your chronological age)…

fabrexe on February 15, 2013 at 6:56 PM

As a personal aside, does anyone else think bringing back any of the original trilogy characters is a terrible idea besides me? I literally have no desire to see old Mark Hamill, old Carrie Fisher, and ancient Harrison Ford in their iconic roles.

Harrison Ford Yes… Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher no….

ninjapirate on February 15, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Star Wars irretrievably jumped the shark beyond any redemption after the second set of movies.

Nothing that Disney, J.J Abrams, or the Archangel Gabriel could do can save this apart from completely rebooting the entire franchise.

Lucas laughed all the way to the bank when he sold the bones to Disney.

The original 3 movies must stand on their own.

RDH on February 15, 2013 at 6:59 PM

“It’s not the years, it’s the miles”.
In his case, it looks to be both.

vityas on February 15, 2013 at 7:15 PM

That picture makes me feel really old.

CW on February 15, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Wait, wouldn’t that guy still have non-compete restrictions from his work on The Next Generation?

rogerb on February 15, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Set the scooter to warp speed, Chewie… and hold onto your dentures……

Aaaaaaaaaaarghhhh.

viking01 on February 15, 2013 at 7:27 PM

If they bring Carrie Fisher back to play Princess Leah, here’s hoping they don’t try to put her in the old navel-baring outfit because Carrie went condo.

bw222 on February 15, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Mel Brooks said it best, “We’ll all meet back here in Spaceballs II The Quest for More Money.”
Arguably the best and truest movie line ever.

dentalque on February 15, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Allah’s got a point. That old dude really does look like Ed Asner.

Splashman on February 15, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Okay, enough already. It would take crazy old cat lady AP to start this thread, but it’s disappointing to see others take his lead. So what’s the idea here? That nobody ever gets older? That there’s no value to exploring the evolving contributions people make as they age? That there’s nothing of interest in exploring character development in movies? That we all need one more slam-bang shoot-em-up space opera devoid of a solid story with characters having some depth (and sorry, but youth doesn’t usually bring that to the table)? Good God.

fabrexe on February 15, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Puh-lease. Spare us the faux righteous indignation. People don’t watch movies for prosaic reality — that’s why it’s called “entertainment” and “escapism” — either of those ring a bell?

Reality is all around you. If you want more of it, go get it. And if you want “real life” movies, there are plenty of those, too — they’re usually referred to as “duds”, “bombs”, and “WTF?”. I’m sure the producers of such would appreciate your patronage.

Splashman on February 15, 2013 at 8:32 PM

Splashman on February 15, 2013 at 8:32 PM

Yeah, that Gran Torino movie really sucked, didn’t it?

Jacka$$.

M240H on February 15, 2013 at 8:42 PM

M240H on February 15, 2013 at 8:42 PM

I can tell from your comment that you rape squirrels.

See what I did there?

Splashman on February 15, 2013 at 8:49 PM

There is only one heir apparent to Han Solo. If you have seen ‘Firefly’ then you know Nathan Fillion is the perfect guy for the role. Even has the Ford look a bit…

(too bad he is a liberal douche though)

Chubbs65 on February 15, 2013 at 8:52 PM

(too bad he is a liberal douche though)

Chubbs65 on February 15, 2013 at 8:52 PM

The incidence of non-liberal actors is approximately the same as the incidence of non-arrogant actors. It’s the nature of the beast business.

Splashman on February 15, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Dude, I’m not even sure the EU books have gotten far enough for Ford to play Solo at his real age.

Count to 10 on February 15, 2013 at 9:18 PM

They could have Sarah Palin play the mature Princess Leia. That could be hot.

HopeHeFails on February 15, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Splashman on February 15, 2013 at 8:49 PM

Yes, but I first wrap them in electrical tape so that they do not explode when I do that. And your “see what I did there?” is really tired and would like to go home to 2005, now.

M240H on February 15, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Or they can do like Tron and use computer magic to paste Young Harrison Ford’s face onto Old Harrison Ford.

Fenris on February 15, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Harrison Ford looks like him.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 15, 2013 at 6:52 PM

I was thinking more along the lines of Marshall Applewhite, head of the Heaven’s Gate posse.

TxAnn56 on February 15, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Doesn’t Disney own Pixar too? Just animate the movies and let the original cast do the voice work. Anything more than that might just kill poor old Ford.

CitizenEgg on February 15, 2013 at 9:46 PM

Great! Han Solo’s gonna need to strap some Viagra horses to his Millennium Falcon to prove that this is the age of getting things done..

@AsalamaTweetum

Opinionnation on February 15, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Two words:

Darth Solo

Snowblind on February 15, 2013 at 10:37 PM

In this movie Han doesn’t shoot first, because he’s really damn old and has slow reflexes.

Rambotito on February 15, 2013 at 11:30 PM

Eeeeek, these ancient actors are starting to get creepy. Pacino, Ford, Stallone, Eastwood, and Schwartzeneger should all go home and “shut the door.” Spare us the sagging flesh and paunches.

UnEasyRider on February 15, 2013 at 11:44 PM

Sounds like AP is starting to confront middle age!
Han will be older, wiser, less prone to shooting from the hip as it were.
Chewey will be a bit grey and possibly missing a few teeth.

AP the solution is simple: act your age and do not see it.

Bubba Redneck on February 16, 2013 at 12:06 AM

Yeah, that Gran Torino movie really sucked, didn’t it?
M240H on February 15, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Clint Eastwood could totally pull off an older Han Solo. Harrison Ford could NOT pull off Walt Kowalski.

MT on February 16, 2013 at 12:11 AM

It doesn’t matter what Harrison Ford looks like, as long as Calista loves him.

listens2glenn on February 16, 2013 at 12:25 AM

Lando is giving me trouble. Nobody in any universe is as smooth as Billy Dee. Maybe Taye Diggs?
….

Just making a list like this was a fun exercise. Anyone have any thoughts or other ideas?

jollycynic on February 15, 2013 at 5:58 PM

I have the perfect choice for Lando: BHO. He’d jump at the chance too. It would also divert him from ruining the economy.

Gorga the Hutt – Barney Frank
Ziro the Rodham Hutt – Hillary Clinton
Watto – Henry Waxman
Jar Jar Binks – Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Yoda – Robert Reich
R2D2 – Jay Carney
Luke SkyWeiner – Anthony Weiner
Admiral Coburn – Chuck Hagel

Chewbacca – well … you know who

virgo on February 16, 2013 at 1:23 AM

Only if he comes on, cuts down George Lucas look-alike in an Errol Flynn-Basil Rathbone level light sabre duel, then leaves without saying one word.

profitsbeard on February 16, 2013 at 1:28 AM

Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good prune smoothie at your side, kid.

James on February 16, 2013 at 2:52 AM

In which Han Solo pilots a Rascal to save humanity.

Catahoula on February 16, 2013 at 7:26 AM

Can this possibly be any more irritating than the return of the Brady bunch? Well at least it’s not the usually lust orgy that Hollywood feeds off of….I hope!
Though I would not be surprised if we saw everyone’s weapons confiscated and intergalactic peace breaks out…with a cameo appearance of Obama taking out the last of the bad guys, as he brings his nukes to a laser saber fight.

Don L on February 16, 2013 at 7:31 AM

I liked what JJ Abrams did with Star Trek…so maybe a 70 year old Han Solo won’t be a problem?

Or maybe it will…as long as Lucas stays uninvolved it might be ok.

Weird pic of Harrison Ford though…

workingclass artist on February 16, 2013 at 8:38 AM

A long time ago, on a program I don’t remember, somebody asked Ford whether he would come back for a sequel. He made some joke about, Luke, Lea, and Han zooming around in their anti-gravity wheelchairs.

TREGONSEE on February 16, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Luke- Vin Diesel
Leia- Reese Witherspoon
Han- Matt Dayyyymohhhhn
Lando- Chris Rock / Marlon Wayans

CorporatePiggy on February 16, 2013 at 10:06 AM

These people can never just retire gracefully…

Blake on February 16, 2013 at 10:21 AM

I don’t see what the big deal is. Abrams brought back Nimoy for Star Trek and that worked well. I see no reason that some of the old cast for Star Wars couldn’t fill the same type of role.

Abrams > Lucas. I trust him to some up with something good.

Benaiah on February 16, 2013 at 10:28 AM

I trust him to some come up with something good.

Benaiah

FTFM

Benaiah on February 16, 2013 at 10:29 AM

I’ll take Kate Upton for Princess Leia. Could care less if she can act; she’s rock those scenes wearing the slave outfit

Freeloader on February 16, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Lando is giving me trouble. Nobody in any universe is as smooth as Billy Dee. Maybe Taye Diggs?
….

Just making a list like this was a fun exercise. Anyone have any thoughts or other ideas?

jollycynic on February 15, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Bill Cosby?

I’ll take Kate Upton for Princess Leia. Could care less if she can act; she’s rock those scenes wearing the slave outfit

Freeloader on February 16, 2013 at 10:38 AM

That was totally unfair. Since reading your post, I have completely lost all interest in whatever I had planned for the rest of today.

Thanks for nothing.

BobMbx on February 16, 2013 at 11:35 AM

They could have Sarah Palin play the mature Princess Leia. That could be hot.

HopeHeFails on February 15, 2013 at 9:23 PM

And, she’d be politically savvy, too.

trigon on February 16, 2013 at 11:55 AM

My thought:

Opening scene of Episode VII: a game of sabacc (or whatever that card game was called). Han Solo loses the Millenium Falcon to the new generation scoundrel.

q2600 on February 16, 2013 at 12:12 PM

His nose is crooked.

Cleombrotus on February 16, 2013 at 1:37 PM

I don’t see anything wrong with this. Harrison Ford is a good actor and has proved his worth by extending beyond the swashbuckling-type roles.

He’ll be good provided that the producers don’t try to reenact Solo like he was in the original productions. I don’t see Solo as the retiring type. He’ll still be kicking ass (literally or figuratively) well into his 90′s.

As long as Ford “acts his age” when playing Solo, I see no problem. This could expose a new side of Solo that we never saw before.

Kingfisher on February 16, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Harrison Ford going for the Patrick Stewart look? He’s actually going to play John Luc Picard in a revival of Star Trek The Next Generation.

bgibbs1000 on February 16, 2013 at 5:09 PM

upcoming Ender’s Game movie?

Woo Hoo!

Who is John Galt on February 16, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Hard to call something that is a worldwide cultural phenomenon and paved the way for the summer movie blockbuster cr*p.

RedRobin145 on February 15, 2013 at 6:25 PM

It was pretty easy for Sir Alec, considering the GOOD movies that he was in…

ebrown2 on February 16, 2013 at 8:51 PM

Star Wars has been dead for a long time.

David Blue on February 17, 2013 at 4:55 AM

It doesn’t matter what Harrison Ford looks like, as long as Calista loves him.

listens2glenn on February 16, 2013 at 12:25 AM

Calista ?? Oh yeah they are great together huh ?

Althought I admit when I first saw a photo of them hand in hand, I thought HF needs a pair scissors to cut that loose thread hanging from his sleeve.

cableguy615 on February 17, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Halo movie please…

faster faster.. I read Peter Jackson bought the rights, but can’t get studio backing for it.. and I’d love to see that on film.

mark81150 on February 17, 2013 at 11:06 AM

The Master Chief is 43.. though they have only shown his eyes.. Bruce Willis could pull it off.. but they’d have to trim a few decades off him.

mark81150 on February 17, 2013 at 11:07 AM

and toss in Carrie Fisher at 200+ pounds. It will be a disaster like the Dick Van Dyke 50th year reunion was. It was unbearable to look at.

johnnyU on February 17, 2013 at 12:40 PM

In this movie Han doesn’t shoot first, because he’s really damn old and has slow reflexes.

Rambotito on February 15, 2013 at 11:30 PM

Thread winner

Resolute on February 17, 2013 at 1:04 PM

It could work. But for it to work, the author has to acknowledge, and understand, that Solo has gotten old, rickety, and ain’t in his 20′s anymore. The thing about Kirk, is he never did. It actually got rather sad after a while. He was always trying to relive his glory days from a time long since past.

The Zahn trilogy did a good job of it. In that one Solo was wearing suits and ties, and working as, if I recall correctly, in intelligence and diplomacy, and had turned into a right proper magnificent bastard.

Voyager on February 17, 2013 at 3:38 PM

by having him climb the ranks of the Rebel Alliance and appear as a General or Admiral, etc.

Amateur alert. Solo was already a general for the Endor battle of ROTJ.

Nutstuyu on February 17, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Okay, enough already. It would take crazy old cat lady AP to start this thread,
but it’s disappointing to see others take his lead.
So what’s the idea here? That nobody ever gets older?
That there’s no value to exploring the evolving contributions people make as they age? That there’s nothing of interest in exploring character development in movies? That we all need one more slam-bang shoot-em-up space opera

Havent posted here in awhile, so sorry if I commit any faux pas. I also admit that I have never seen Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the last Indiana Jones movie I have seen was a few decades ago, and generally the only movies that I view are techno-geek ones like Star Trek and Star Wars.

Anyway, I agree with fabrexe. It would be interesting to see how HS evolves. It would be awesome to bring back HF as a renaissance man Han Solo – kind of a Jean Luc Picard, as someone suggested. But leave Chewie out of it – I never really understood the affinity for that big shaggy carpet – a bit annoying to me, though not as annyoing as Jar Jar Binks. It would be ridiculous to try to cast some younger actor as Han Solo, IMO.

gxpgxp on February 17, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Splashman on February 15, 2013 at 8:32 PM

Nah, I pretty much agree with the other guy.

I don’t care about the ages of the stars.

I am below the age of 45. We all get old. Why hold it against celebrities?

I’m tired of seeing ageism. I don’t care if Harrison Ford, Fisher, Hamill have grey hair and wrinkles and put on some weight. I think I’d rather see a few wrinkles than the unnatural, overly botoxed, face-lifted to here stars.

Loved Judi Dench in ‘Chronicles of Riddick’, and the older cast members in the action film RED were good, too.

TigerPaw on February 18, 2013 at 1:40 AM

See what I did there?

Splashman on February 15, 2013 at 8:49 PM

Just toss a random insult at some guy that wasn’t even clever.

There’s nothing wrong with watching celebrities over 50 or 60 star in movies. Nobody stays 25 or 35 or 45 forever.

And the Clint Eastwood film Gran Torino, starring Eastwood (who is in his 60s, 70s now and was when it was made?), was quite good.

You should care more about storyline and character development than about age.

If you’re that fixated on age, and that immature, by all means buy a copy of ‘Transformers’ to oogle Megan Fox all day. (One day Megan Fox will be 65 years old, by the way.)

TigerPaw on February 18, 2013 at 1:45 AM

There is only one heir apparent to Han Solo. If you have seen ‘Firefly’ then you know Nathan Fillion is the perfect guy for the role. Even has the Ford look a bit…

(too bad he is a liberal douche though)

Chubbs65 on February 15, 2013 at 8:52 PM

I didn’t know Fillion was liberal, but most actors are, so I guess I should have expected that.

I’ve heard that suggestion before about Fillion playing Han Solo, but I don’t know.

Fillion does have the swagger of Solo/Ford, but something about Fillion playing Solo bothers me. I can’t put my finger on it.

TigerPaw on February 18, 2013 at 1:48 AM

Well, Han is that old in the books now, but Chewy is dead.

If they throw away the establish timeline, the franchise is dead, as far as I’m concerned.

MNHawk on February 18, 2013 at 8:44 AM

This is the main problem with old directors trying to make a sequel or prequel to a 40-year-old movie–the actors age like everyone else. The Star Wars I, II, and III “prequel” movies worked because Darth Vader (Anikin) was always in his robot getup in the filmed-earlier-later-in-history movies, so a different actor could play young Anikin without being recognized as different. Most of the other actors were in creature costumes, or robot costumes (R2D2 and 3PO), so different actors could play them in the films.

If George Lucas really wants the aging Harrison Ford as Han Solo, he should play an elder “mentor” to a younger spaceship pilot, and the film could include clips of the younger Han Solo as flashbacks.

Steve Z on February 18, 2013 at 2:39 PM

There’s nothing wrong with watching celebrities over 50 or 60 star in movies. Nobody stays 25 or 35 or 45 forever.

True, but let them play older characters–who may be dealing with issues of their grandchildren or adult sons or daughters. Meryl Streep and Michael Caine, for example, have had several starring roles where they look their age.

Steve Z on February 18, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Obama should have a role and play…………yes, the dark side.

Cherokee on February 18, 2013 at 3:13 PM

OMG… he looks just like that Cult Leader for Heaven’s Gate… Applewhite or something.

Doesn’t really matter to me. George Lucas is way past his 3rd strike with me. No more star wars for this fan.

SAMinVA on February 18, 2013 at 4:10 PM

What they need to do is have Lea trying to get in touch with Luke at the Jedi academy because of the bad feelings she is having about the children then Luke shows up at the door with Chewie. Ford as Han says They’re doing what? then they go and swipe the Falcon from the Rebellion Memorial.

Meanwhile the kids who are doing daring deeds choose to defeat evil even though it will cost them there lives then when the evil is vanquished and the plasma wall from the exploding star is about to kill them the geezers arrive in the nick of time swooping them to safety.(The Falcon having set a new speed record.) lea welcomes the kids onto the falcon with cookies and then drags Han back to the bunk where the Solo Kids were conceived to try for one more. (Much to the disgust of the kids.)

Slowburn on February 18, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Obama should have a role and play…………yes, the dark side.

Cherokee on February 18, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Typecasting.

Sterling Holobyte on February 18, 2013 at 6:06 PM

YOUNG HON SOLO = Josh Hutcherson.

Not his fault that Red Dawn Stunk.

Varchild on February 18, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Why not? As a cameo…even Spock returned in Star Trek’s latest. And Leonard Nimoy is no spring chicken.

JayJay123 on February 19, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Well, depends if they’d all be ‘bit players’ supporting the ‘new’ main characters.

Honestly though, I’d rather they just called it a day on the Star Wars films. Whilst I am a little hopeful that having Disney fund and JJ Abram direct a new film, I’m still suffering from the first three films.

I seriously question if they’d be able to NOT screw up even Timothy Zahn’s trilogy. And that’d be quite an accomplishment.

Reaps on March 9, 2013 at 10:17 AM

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