Harrison Ford to Return as Han Solo in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’!

Sources close to the project say that the actor has officially signed onto return as the infamous smuggler who joins the Rebellion.

Harrison Ford is set to return as Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode VII
Harrison Ford is set to return as Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode VII
"Never tell me the odds!"

Harrison Ford has officially signed to reprise one of the most iconic characters in sci-fi history. That's right, the actor, who became famous playing Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, is returning as the Corellian smuggler with a heart of gold who reluctantly joins the Rebel Alliance to win the heart of a princess in Star Wars: Episode VII directed by J.J. Abrams

The news hasn't yet been confirmed by Disney and Lucasfilm, with this casting announcement coming once again from El Mayimbe of Latino Review. No further details have been announced at this time. El Mayimbe dropped the news on Fox News Latino.

When Star Wars: Episode VII is released in theaters May of 2015, it will have been nearly 40 years since Harrison Ford originated one of the Star Wars universe's most beloved characters. Ford went onto play Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi.

In the extended universe novels, which used to be considered franchise cannon, Solo eventually married Princess Leia and had three children with her, twins Jaina and Jacen and son Anakin. The twins grow up to be Jedi, with son Anakin getting killed at a young age. Han's loyal sidekick Chewbacca also dies, which sends Solo into a deep depression and away from his family. He eventually accepts the loss of his son and best friend, and reconciles with the rest of his estranged family.

It has never been confirmed, but it has been strongly suggested that the extended universe novels will not be used in creating the storyline of this new trilogy. Its unlikely that they will kill off a character as loved as Chewbacca, since he has the ability to age indefinitely and he can be used for other movies. Harrison Ford, on the other hand, always wanted to see his character die at the end of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. He may get his wish with this new trilogy.

It is heavily rumored, yet not yet confirmed, that an Untitled Star Wars Han Solo Spin-Off is also in the works, which would focus on the character's origins as a smuggler and serve as a prequel to the original trilogy. It has been hinted that Harrison Ford will also return as Han Solo in this stand alone film to bookend the adventure, much like Elijah Wood has done with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and its next two films.

We'll have more information about Harrison Ford's return as Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode VII as the news breaks.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes to theaters December 18th, 2015 and stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.

Sources: Latino Review

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Comments (39)

  1. Praxedes Irizarry

    As a FAN Boy i say heck yes, as an analyst i can say it just makes sense, Disney just invested 4.1bill . Bringing the original cast will be the smartest thing Disney can do. Originakl cast Star Wars = all tickets selling records broken guaranteed!!!. Disney knows it, Lucas knows it,, my kids knows it for the love of Yoda!!. lol

    2 years agoby @Praxedes-IrizarryFlag

  2. Steven Crowley


    2 years agoby @Steven-CrowleyFlag

  3. Sean

    @Dumbumm No, probably not if it just so happens that they want him to look the way he does now, so that it would make sense in Star Wars episode 7's story/plot with it possbly taking place when Harrison Ford's character Han Solo is older.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  4. thedude-abides

    Classic, but I was really hoping these films would go in an entirely, entirely different direction.

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  5. Marc Diaz Rengifo

    plz don&#180t kill Chewbacca >_

    2 years agoby @Marc-Diaz-RengifoFlag


    I know everybody would love to see the original cast return, but let's be real here this is a reboot much like Star Trek so I hope JJ leans more towards that and maybe have the original cast come back just for a cameo much like Leonard Nimoy did as Spock Prime.

    2 years agoby @Number1WolverineFlag

  7. Dumbumm

    Maybe Disney will do what they did in TRON: Legacy with Jeff Bridges to make him look younger? Don't no the exact term...

    2 years agoby @DumbummFlag

  8. Fry_3000

    Well if everyone is complaining about age. What is the years apart from ep 3 to ep 4. Obi wan is still youngish in 3 and in 4 he's an old man.

    2 years agoby @Fry-3000Flag

  9. Bill Louis

    MAY THE FORCE BE WITH US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 years agoby @Bill-LouisFlag

  10. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @dan1 I'll take one with pikes

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  11. Dan

    @bawnian-dexeus Like bashing your head against a brick wall.

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  12. incmob

    well fans, we can be assured that han solo will die then in the new trilogy from everything i have read from ford lately.

    2 years agoby @incmobFlag

  13. Pjwolsker

    i agree with @slysnide. harrison ford is 70 and he'll be a lot older when they start filming this. i would rather see them do a film series of the old republic then an episode 7

    2 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  14. slysnide

    Unsure at how to respond to this. It sounds cool from a fanboy's perspective, but they could easily f*ck it up.

    2 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  15. Sean

    @bawnian-dexeus Yes, there would be because he will be much older in Star Wars episode 7, then he was in the Star Wars 4,5 and 6. Some people might not realize how long Star Wars 7's story/plot will take place after Star Wars 4,5 and 6.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  16. CUPID


    2 years agoby @cupidFlag

  17. Zak Lee Ferguson

    Yes, yes, yesssssssssssssss

    2 years agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  18. Gandoff

    @narrator Exactly what I been saying on a movie based with them as main characters. The story could be about the same time frame after 6, that was between 3 and 4. That's about 20 some years. Age would take place...

    2 years agoby @gandoffFlag

  19. CelluloidDreams

    This is getting stranger and stranger!!

    2 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  20. the Narrator

    This takes place decades after Return of the Jedi. There doesn't need to be an explanation as to why Solo and the Skywalkers are old. It's called f*cking aging. Anyone saying this doesn't work is just missing the point entirely.

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag

  21. ridgl

    Why are we headlining rumors as facts?

    Personally, I don't want to see Han Solo in the new movies, nor do I want him to have his own movie. Its a large universe, lets spread out.

    2 years agoby @ridglFlag

  22. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @themoviefanatic There's nothing to explain you idiot

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  23. ROFLitschristian

    Let's see if he's still got it in him.

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  24. Fry_3000

    I'd say they'll be using episode 7 as a clean up movie, tie off, and finalise the old characters and move thru to new characters. If they start fresh a lot of people will be confused as to the relevance of new characters to old Star Wars. I'd say by ep 8 all the old will be gone. That's what I'd do if I was writing it. ( just an opinion).

    2 years agoby @Fry-3000Flag

  25. WongFu

    This will take place sometime around the episode 7 and since it's a stand alone I don't expect any of the other stars to appear.

    2 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  26. bruce_ha

    I don't approve of this. Remember how exited i was for the fourth india jones movie. What i also remember is how disappointed i was. They should bury the old characters already and start with some other ones. The universe is huge, don't narrow it down. Give us a taste of new original creativity for crying out loud.

    2 years agoby @bruce-haFlag

  27. Sean

    @dan1 So Han Solo's age in the movie will be explained in the story/plot of the movie?

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  28. justatadmatt

    @dan1 i really thought you were going to say "legendary" there...

    2 years agoby @justatadmattFlag

  29. SherlockHolmes2009

    I dont care how old he is, all we need now is Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher and Ill be camping infront of my movie theater

    2 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  30. Dan

    @themoviefanatic The role will be written taking his age into account, the same as it was for Leonard Nimoy in the Star Trek reboot. That should be, wait for it... obvious to everyone....

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

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