Harrison Ford (Air Force One, What Lies Beneath) is a Hollywood legend.
Now, despite his well-documented distaste for the Star Wars franchise (and Force ghosts, in particular), Ford has reportedly inked a deal to return to a galaxy far, far away as Millennium Falcon pilot Han Solo, who he first played in George Lucas’s Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977).
Per an article regarding the rumor, Ford was recently on set for:
…either The Mandalorian Season 3 or The Book of Boba Fett. We also hear that Harrison Ford filmed a de-aged Han Solo for the project.
This is not completely shocking news to Star Wars fans who have been following The Mandalorian saga. The hit Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni series — which introduced Grogu (AKA “Baby Yoda”) and bounty hunter Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) into the Star Wars galaxy — takes place during the original trilogy era, about five years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983).
There have also already been reports that Chewbacca and other Wookiees will be appearing in the “Mando-verse,” so Solo appearing as well would certainly make sense.
In this post-Battle of Endor world, there is the potential for numerous original trilogy characters to return, just like both Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison) and Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker (CGI Mark Hamill) already have.
Fett made his triumphant return — alongside mercenary Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen) — in The Mandalorian Season 2, Episode 6 (“Chapter 14: The Tragedy”), while Skywalker shocked everyone when he showed up to rescue Shand, Grogu, Djarin, Cara Dune (Gina Carano) Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff), and Nite Owl warrior Koska Reeves (Sasha Banks) from Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) and his Dark Trooper squad.
The fact that Solo obviously has history with both Skywalker and Fett — for better or for worse, respectively, if you’ll recall the Sarlacc pit — means that it is likely he could play a role, no matter how small, in the upcoming third season of The Mandalorian or in spinoff series The Book of Boba Fett.
The latter is due to debut on December 29, 2021, so fans may not have to wait long to see Solo make his reappearance in the Star Wars universe.
The rumor of Ford’s return as Solo is bolstered by the fact that The Walt Disney Company and Lucasfilm hired social media sensation Shamook, best known for a viral deepfake video that “cast” Marvel Cinematic Universe star Sebastian Stan as Luke Skywalker.
In July, the artist confirmed their hiring in a comment on their YouTube channel, writing:
“As some of you may already know, I joined ILM [Industrial Light and Magic]/Lucasfilms a few months ago and haven’t had the time to work on any new YouTube content. Now I’ve settled into my job, uploads should start increasing again. They’ll still be slow, but hopefully not months apart. Enjoy!”
This sets up the potential for not only Solo to return (you know you want to see him in the Mos Eisley cantina again), but other characters like the late Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia Organa Solo.
CGI was already used for Leia’s brief cameo appearance in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) — artists recreated Fisher’s look from when she first played the Rebel Princess in A New Hope.
As for Ford, he last appeared in a brief cameo in the Skywalker Saga conclusion, Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019), with stars Daisy Ridley (Rey), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), and John Boyega (Finn).
He also played a major role in the first sequel trilogy movie, Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015), in which he was ultimately killed by him and Princess Leia’s son, Kylo Ren/Ben Solo (Adam Driver).
The 79-year-old actor is currently filming the as-yet-untitled Indiana Jones 5.
Do you think Han Solo is returning to Star Wars?