Following their big cover reveal earlier, EW has released a snippet of their interview with Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Harrison Ford featuring the actor discussing everyone’s favourite rogue Millennium Falcon pilot, Han Solo.
“There’s not an abandoning of the character,” Ford says, when asked about how the new Han compares with the old. “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.”
Ford goes on to reveal that the Han Solo we see in The Force Awakens may not be all that different from how we knew him thirty years ago: “We spend a lot more time [in the movie] on his failure to master basic skills, like accounting, and accounting for his own behaviour. There’s a lot of the rogue still left in Solo. Some things don’t change.”
When asked if Lucasfilm had approached him about the new Han Solo film, Ford maintained what we already know about the project: “I think they’re probably talking to the young Han Solo.”
EW went on to ask him what advice he’d give to the actor playing a young version of him, saying: “I would say, ‘Talk to your director. Watch the movies. And welcome aboard. Make it your own.’”
Directing the conversation on to his other timelessly iconic character, Ford was asked if he’d like to return as Indiana Jones and this was his response: “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?”
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is released in UK cinemas on December 17.
Thanks to Squareeyed for the heads up