Word around the internet is coming that Harrison Ford will be reprising his role as Han Solo in the upcoming J.J. Abrams-directed Star Wars: Episode VII. There’s some element of surprised reaction floating around this rumor, but the real surprise would be if Mark Hamill or Carrie Fisher – Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia respectively – weren’t going to be in the upcoming trilogy in any capacity. In Lucas’ on-again, off-again flirtation with a sequel trilogy, as you’ll remember, he wanted to have geriatric versions of those characters he’d filmed decades before strutting on-screen to impart advice or otherwise be on the screen for gravitas, especially in Hamill’s case as he would be a legendary Jedi tasked with rebuilding the Order. But yeah, sure, Ford. Makes sense.
Of course, we’ll all remember J.J. Abrams’ last big revival, the hyperkinetic Star Trek, featured an ancient version of Spock as a way to tie together that old cinematic universe and his new vision. In that case, Leonard Nimoy’s character was a vital key to the plot, having destroyed the runaway explosion of the Romulan star and launching a note of Red Matter into it to suck it all away like a cosmic vacuum. He and Nero’s ship both got sucked in and wound up at different timetables. Spock ended up imparting some classic advice on the younger Kirk to help him overtake a younger version of himself. All of this was expanded on with a comic series called Countdown that even detailed Spock’s Next Generation connection.
My point is, all of this makes 100% sense. My only concern is that Harrison Ford is no longer the cocky, charismatic stallion he once was and is instead of a bit of a hardened troll. Well, maybe that’s where Han Solo is nowadays, you think? I don’t think they can do this any wrong.