*If you have not yet seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this news story contains some spoilers*
Harrison Ford has talked about playing Han Solo for the fourth time in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, sharing thoughts on his character’s fate.
In a live, Tumblr-based interview with Entertainment Weekly, Ford answered questions posed by fans of the recently-rebooted franchise.
“I’ve been arguing for Han Solo to die for about 30 years,” Harrison revealed, “not because I was tired of him or because he’s boring, but his sacrifice for the other characters would lend gravitas and emotional weight” he says. “I think it’s a fitting use of the character”
He was also asked things such as “If the cast of The Force Awakens was stuck on an island, who would be the leader and why?”
“I would be the leader. Just cause,” he shared, “although we’d end up having to listen to Carrie [Fisher] because if Mama’s not happy, nobody’s happy.”
Another fan asked “If I have a party when The Force Awakens is released on DVD, will you come?” to which Ford simply responds “No, but thank you”.
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Star Wars actor John Boyega has shared his opinion on the upcoming spin-off film that will tell Han Solo’s origin story.
Asked about the film by The Metro, Boyega replied: “Is that real? They’re doing a Han Solo standalone film? I don’t know… I mean it’s strange for me to even imagine it.”
The actor, who made his debut as Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, added: “I mean I’m going to go see it, whoever it is man, just know… I’m going to be honest man, I’m going to go with Harrison [Ford]’s reaction. Alright man. Good luck, mate!”
The film will be directed by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord ( Lego Movie). No casting decisions have been made public yet but, according to Hollywood Reporter, the final three actors in contention to play the younger Solo are Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!), Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction), and Taron Egerton (The Kingsman).
Harrison Ford, who played Han Solo in the original trilogy before reprising the role for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, previously told Reuters: “I’m sure whoever is responsible for that film, and I’m not, will think through the issues and problems of doing such a thing. Let’s make them responsible for those questions you might think to ask me [about the Han Solo movie] because I’m not involved”.
The anthology movie is expected in 2018. As well as filling the audience in on Han Solo’s back story, it will also focus on Chewbacca’s history.
‘Star Wars 8’ heads to cinemas on 15 December 2017.