Shortly after Disney made a huge move in purchasing the Lucasfilm they made the announcement that they wouldn’t just sit on the entity, they were going to put it to good use, they would be adding Star Wars characters to their parks, and more importantly they would be moving forward with new films in the Star Wars universe. (usatoday) The first question on the minds of Star Wars fans was how the new films would be tied into the previous two series, would they start something completely different or move forward with the story as told in the prior films? (timeout) It turns out that they were picking right up with the story, running from Episode 7, once this was announced another question came to mind, would the original cast be back to reprise their roles in the next chapter of the story? (theguardian) We also learned the answer to this question, yes, the originals would return, not every single character, but Luke, Leia, Chewbacca, R2-D2, and C-3PO would return, as well as Harrison Ford stepping back into his iconic role as Han Solo. (businessinsider) This marks another return to a classic character by Ford who took on the role of Indiana Jones once again in 2008, although it has been stated that the film was the weakest of the batch, it was nice to see a legend take on one of his greatest roles, and I’m sure the return of Han Solo will be just as wonderful to view. (rottentomatoes)
As if seeing these amazing characters return to the screen wasn’t enough to get the attention of Harrison Ford’s fans, he’s being lured back into another one of his classic roles, that of Rick Deckard in a sequel to his 1982 science fiction thriller Blade Runner. (dailymail) The film opened poorly in theaters, although that can be chalked up to the fact that it opened around the same time as such films as The Thing, Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan, and of course the outstanding E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial, matching up against such films would make it difficult for almost any movie to be a massive hit right out of the gate. (imdb) While the movie was originally faced with mixed reviews, over time it’s gotten much better, getting amazing reviews from critics and fans alike on Rotten Tomatoes. (rottentomatoes) It’s not certain that Ford will take this role, but the possibility alone is great to hear, as a fan of Harrison Ford’s work I’m looking forward to seeing if he’ll pull the trifecta, who knows, maybe this sequel could be the biggest hit of the bunch. Stranger things have happened, right?