Actor also reveals what persuaded him to reprise his iconic role as Han Solo
Harrison Ford has confirmed that he has already seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens and given the movie a positive early review.
Ford reprises his iconic role as Han Solo in J.J. Abrams’ film, which opens in the UK on December 17 and in the US a day later. Discussing what it was like to watch a new Star Wars movie on the big screen, Ford said on Good Morning America earlier today: “It was great. It’s a wonderful movie – it’s got great production values. It’s a real big movie and I was delighted to see it.”
In the past, Ford has spoken less than positively about his Star Wars character, calling Han Solo “dumb as a stump”. Asked what persuaded him to return to the franchise, the actor replied: “A really good script, the opportunity to work with J.J., who I’ve admired, and it just seemed like a good idea”.
He also revealed that in the new movie, Solo has “a more complex story now – a little bit more of an emotional context than perhaps there was before”.
The Motion Picture Association of America has recently given J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars film a PG-13 rating based on its “sci-fi action violence”, which makes it only the second Star Wars film not to be rated PG.
The story takes place 30 years after the events of Return Of The Jed but specific plot details are being kept tightly under wraps. The film’s script was penned by Abrams, Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt and Star Wars franchise veteran Lawrence Kasdan.
Alongside the returning trio of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, the film’s cast includes Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o and Andy Serkis. Meanwhile, it has emerged that the film will feature a character apparently named after a Beastie Boys album.