Unless by some bizarre turn of events in which Harrison Ford is summoned for the non-George Lucas Star Wars trilogy to play an older, slower Han Solo, it seems that the man will just have to find work elsewhere. And recent reports say he’s doing just that, having signed on to star in Ender’s Game, 42, Paranoia, and now alongside tween idol Zac Efron in Rob Reiner‘s upcoming Belong To.
Despite the fact that Harrison Ford was once the biggest actor of all-time and his movies would regularly bring in massive audience hauls, his career hasn’t exactly flourished over the course of this century.
It’s a shame, given his obvious appeal as three of the most iconic characters ever put to screen (Indiana Jones, Han Solo and Rick Deckard, of course). Many of his latest films have been genuine duds, most of which have just… disappeared beneath the radar. I mean, did anybody see Extraordinary Measures? Has anybody even heard of Extraordinary Measures, outside of the actual phrase “extraordinary measures”?
In fact, has Ford made a truly good film for, like, ten years?
Maybe Reiner can help him out. The film, written by David Murray and billed as a kind of thriller, focuses on a psychiatrist (Ford) who begins to share his feelings with a patient. Then he begins to bond with Efron’s character, the brother of a patient who commits suicide. And Efron’s character is a bit of a weirdo, apparently, ’cause he starts getting involved with Ford’s family in the sort of ways a weirdo might.
Rob Reiner, once a director of great means, has also struggled with his career as of late. I mean, this is the guy who directed Stand By Me, This Is Spinal Tap and The Princess Bride, for God’s sake. And Efron is, well… Efron is an actor. Which is good in its own way.
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Source: The Film Stage