Harrison Ford on ‘Star Wars’ spin-off featuring young Han Solo: ‘I want nothing to do with it’

Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Miles Teller are rumoured to have auditioned for the role

Harrison Ford has said he wants “nothing to do with” Disney’s Star Wars spin-off movie featuring a young Han Solo.

Announced in July, the 2018 spin-off will tell the story of “how young Han Solo became the smuggler, thief, and scoundrel whom Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina at Mos Eisley”.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the directing duo behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, have signed on to direct the film, whose screenplay is being written by Star Wars franchise veteran Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jon Kasdan. Earlier this month it was reported that more than 2,500 actors including Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Miles Teller have auditioned to play Han Solo.

Ford has reprised his iconic role as Han Solo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and at a press conference for the film in London this morning, he was asked whether he wants the chance to “approve” his successor.

“As far as the movie featuring a young Han Solo goes, I don’t know what to think about that,” Ford replied. “I’m glad that somebody else is going to have the burden of being young. It’s well beyond my understanding and control and I of course want nothing to do with it, in the nicest possible way. But I know it will be well done. It’s just nothing to do with me.”

Ford also revealed that he has enjoyed returning as Han Solo in The Force Awakens, saying: “I have actually relished this entire experience in a way I had not anticipated. And I think a lot of the credit for that goes to J.J. [Abrams, director] and Larry [Kasdan, co-writer]. This is a rare experience in my old life and I’m very grateful for it.”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, tipped to become the highest-grossing movie ever made, opens in UK cinemas and select US theatres today (December 17) before going on general release across the US tomorrow (December 18). Read what the critics are saying about the film here.