You felt it, right? The great disturbance in the Nerd Force when the Internet reacted to the news that Disney had purchased Lucasfilm for a cool $4.05 billion, and simultaneously announced plans to release the first of at least three more Star Wars films starting in 2015?
Well, depending on how you feel about episodes 7, 8, and 9 of the Star Wars franchise having become a sure thing -- a Mouse-driven sure thing, at that -- you may be shocked, horrified, or downright dumbfounded by the latest news: Harrison Ford is reportedly on board with the idea of playing Han Solo again.
Yes. A 70-year-old Han Solo. I ... just ... wow.
Ford himself hasn't confirmed anything, but according to a "highly placed source":
Harrison is open to the idea of doing the movie and he’s upbeat about it.
If this is craziness is actually true, we'll likely only see Ford for one more Star Wars episode, because he reportedly has one big caveat in mind: he wants Han Solo to die. His character was actually supposed to kick the bucket in Star Wars: Episode VI - The Return of the Jedi, but George Lucas supposedly thought it would tank the merchandising sales. As Ford put it in 2010,
I thought he should have died in the last one to give it some bottom ... George didn’t think there was any future in dead Han toys.
I'm not convinced this whole thing isn't pure gossip, because Ford himself hasn't exactly minced words when describing how he felt about playing Han Solo:
As a character he was not so interesting to me.
Then again, he's been equally clear about why he was considering -- at least at one time -- donning Indiana Jones' hat yet again for the rumored fifth movie in that franchise. As I remember, when asked about it on David Letterman, he simply rubbed his fingers together in the universal symbol for ka-ching.
The thing is, regardless of Harrison Ford's continued appeal as an older gentleman, I don't want to see an aged Han Solo. I like Han exactly how he WAS: Hot. Young. An iconic figure from my youth. Forever known for that insanely arrogant response to Leia's declaration of love: "I know." A grandpa version of Han, who would surely toss off lines like "I'm gettin' too old for this"? HELL NO. DON'T DO IT, DISNEY.
What do you think? Would you want to see Harrison Ford play Han Solo one more time?
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