Adorning one of the four Entertainment Weekly covers that debuted earlier today, Harrison Ford is very much back in the limelight as Han Solo, our favorite smuggler and rogue in all the galaxy.
But how does the actor himself feel about reprising his role as the reluctant hero for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens? As EW learned, it was important that the story ensured that, despite taking place a full three decades after the events of Return of the Jedi, Han would still retain the boyish charm that earned a place in our hearts and minds.
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With that in mind, Ford says we can expect a wholly similar rendition of the smuggler, scoundrel and hero, stating that “some things don’t change.”
There’s not an abandoning of the character,” Ford says, when asked if the character has lost any of his trademark sass. “He does not aspire to the position of Obi-‘Ben’ Kenobi, nor do I aspire to be some New Age Alec Guinness. His development is consistent with the character, and there are emotional elements which have occasioned his growth.”
We spend a lot more time [in the movie] on his failure to master basic skills, like accounting, and accounting for his own behavior. There’s a lot of the rogue still left in Solo. Some things don’t change.”
Much has been said about the old cast returning to the fray in The Force Awakens – most of which directed at Mark Hamill’s AWOL Luke Skywalker – though stepping into the dusty shoes of a previous role is nothing strange for Harrison Ford, who donned the whip and fedora once again in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
But what of the character’s future? Now that Steven Spielberg has openly expressed his interest in Indiana Jones 5, all signs point to the director welcoming back Ford in the title role, and the actor couldn’t help but be excited by the possibility.
Oh, yeah. Yeah, I’d love to do another Indiana Jones. A character that has a history and a potential, kind of a rollicking good movie ride for the audience, Steven Spielberg as a director — what’s not to like?
Harrison Ford will next be seen in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens and, possibly, Spielberg’s Indiana Jones 5 some time thereafter.