Harrison Ford on Han Solo's Return in Star Wars 7: "It's Happening"

Screen legend offers up fans some new hope that his charmingly roguish alter ego will once again take to the Millennium Falcon in the next Star Wars film

By Josh Grossberg Mar 20, 2013 2:24 PMTags
Harrison FordCourtesy: Jeff Schear/Getty Images

Great news, Star Wars fans! Harrison Ford is ready to make the jump to hyperspace one more time.

Coming about as close as he can to a confirmation before Lucasfilm puts out the official word, the 70-year-old actor has dropped his strongest hints yet that he's coming back to the franchise to reprise his iconic swashbuckling role as Han Solo.

"I think it's almost true; I'm looking forward to it," Ford told Chicago's WGN 9 at Michigan Avenue magazine's cover party (for which the actor graces its Spring issue). "It's not in the bag yet, but I think it's happening."

Ford is the last of the original trilogy's triumvirate of stars to suggest he's booked for Star Wars: Episode VII, following in the footsteps of costars Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, who both indicated they've been in talks to return as their respective characters, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker (though Carrie's rep later said "she was joking").

For his part, George Lucas pretty much let the cat out of the bag already earlier this month when he told Bloomberg Businessweek that even before he sold Lucasfilm to Disney for $4 billion last October, "we had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison—or were pretty much in final stages of negotiation."

No word if or when Lucasfilm plans to make a formal announcement. But here's hoping Harrison'll be outrunning some more Imperial starships—and soon!