Well, this is not related to Preparedness,
But, it is Great News for a True Fan of the genre...
Skeptical Sometimes We Jedi are.
Latino Review, citing "legitimate sources," unveiled an exclusive scoop saying that Ford's signing for "Star Wars: Episode VII" is a done deal. This could be dismissed as just another rumor, but Latino Review has a pretty decent track record for breaking this sort of entertainment news.
Ford has already shown a willingness to revisit roles that made him famous as a younger actor. The most recent Indiana Jones film came out in 2008. He's taken a longer break from "Star Wars," but has already expressed interest in revisiting the role.
Ford is now 70, so we can probably assume the next move won't pick up immediately after "Episode VI" left off. I can't see Han Solo sitting around quietly playing space bingo in a retirement home.
This leaves us waiting for official confirmation or denial of Ford's role in the new movie. If it's true, it could be a small cameo or a significant role. It's enough to leave many "Star Wars" fans with sweet dreams considering the possibilities. If Ford signs on, what's to stop Carrie Fisher or Mark Hamill from joining up, too?
As a fan of the first trilogy, I have to confess that the thought of an original cast reunion gets me pretty excited. I'm rooting for the Ford rumor to be real.
(Via Ain't It Cool News)
(Credit: Illustration by James Martin/CNET)
Yesterday, Disney announced that it would be releasing a series of spin-off films built around individual "Star Wars" characters and produced alongside three forthcoming full-length "Star Wars" sequels. According to EW, the first two side projects will be about a young Han Solo and about Boba Fett.
"Several sources close to the projects confirmed this was the direction the development was taking," EW wrote, "although each cautioned it's still very early in the process, and, well, the deal could always be altered further."
Neither Disney nor Lucasfilm immediately responded to a request for comment from CNET.
Though Disney's announcement yesterday left out any mention of which characters would be the subjects of the new movies, Han Solo and Boba Fett were obvious choices. Among the others who could make compelling main characters are Yoda, Princess Leia, and even R2-D2 or C-3PO.
EW said the Han Solo film is expected to be placed in the time period between "Revenge of the Sith" (the last of the "Star Wars" prequels, otherwise known as Episode III) and the original "Star Wars," also known as Episode IV. "So although it's possible Harrison Ford (who played Han Solo) could appear as a framing device, the movie would require a new actor for the lead," wrote EW, "one presumably much younger than even the 35-year-old Ford when he appeared in the 1977 original.
"The Boba Fett film would take place either between (the original 'Star Wars') and 'The Empire Strikes Back,'" EW continued, "or between 'Empire' and 'Jedi,' where the bounty hunter was last seen plunging unceremoniously into a sarlac pit."
EW also noted that the likely timing of both the Han Solo and Boba Fett projects would allow for Darth Vader to play a role, as well as for another "Star Wars" heavy to get in on the act. "That timeline would also open the door for a return from...everyone's favorite degenerate slug-like gangster, Jabba the Hutt."
Forward progress on all the new "Star Wars" films began in earnest when Disney bought Lucasfilm last October, though it's unknown how much work had already been done on any of the new projects after George Lucas tapped longtime Hollywood producer Kathleen Kennedy to run Lucasfilm.
Daniel Terdiman is a senior writer at CNET News covering Twitter, Net culture, and everything in between.
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