Report: Han Solo Will Have a "Gigantic" Role in Episode VII

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Report: Han Solo Will Have a "Gigantic" Role in Episode VII

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Deadline reports that Harrison Ford's role is no mere cameo.

First, Carrie Fisher announced that she would be spending a whole six months filming Star Wars: Episode VII and now, Deadline is reporting that Harrison Ford's Han Solo will have a "gigantic role" in the upcoming film. It's looking very much like episode VII will be more about the "old" cast than the new one, with the focus to perhaps shift in the following two movies.

Deadline claims that Ford "has a gigantic role in the first of the next three films," and rumors speculate that Peter Mayhew's Chewbacca and Billy Dee Williams' Lando Calrissian will also be back. Series mainstays C-3P0 and R2-D2 will also be in it.

As for new cast members, Deadline also reports that Inside Llewyn Davis star Oscar Isaac is in line for a major role, as is Adam Driver and Attack the Block's John Boyega, both of whom have been previously rumored. Furthermore, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, an Oxford-trained actress, has been rumored to have been in casting in recent weeks.

J.J. Abrams has "a big table read tomorrow with the cast in London, and so he's finally going to be forced to fess up shortly," so we won't have to wait too long to confirm these casting reports.

Source: Deadline

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My excitement for this movie seem to be falling by the day as rumors and news about what is happened are released. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I feel as though I may be less existed about this movie then I was for episode 3, and that one I had my expectation as low as they could be after the two before it.

Now this is what I wanna see!

Looking at Maisie Richardsen-Sellers shes definitely an interesting pull for the cast if it turns out to be true.

With the official strike out of the Expanded Universe though, the entire first movie here seems like its going to be designed as an "Old guard handing off to the new guard" kind of deal, Bob will probably have a minor stroke watching it, especially if Harrison Ford is having to cover a major amount of ground.

Main deal is, Expanded Universe now being "unofficial" aside, theres a rather glaring bit of stuff that you can't just write over with a movie and thats Han and Leia's children, Jacen and Jaina.

Primary issue there though is that without Mara Jade, Jacen Solo doesn't become the new great tragedy and betrayal....not without some heavy re-writing.

Theres also a small concern about how they're dealing with Mark Hamill's role....

Hes got a serious case of "Shatner's Syndrome" that I'm not sure an entire movie budget worth of CGI can fix.

So the entire film will be carried by a confused old man who looks bored throughout the entirety film? We're on track for Star Wars VII: Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

To be fair towards Hamill he is 62. He may not look amazing but he would not be playing a youngin, he would be like Obi Wan in episode 4. An old Jedi who guides new young Jedi in the ways of the force. Harrison Ford is the one I would be concerned about. Chances are he will play the same character he does in every movie now. An old man who is just mean and has no positivity to him at all. I don't want to see him try to show up the new generation and then kiss old Leia in the final scene where he learns to trust the new kids and pass on the torch. I would prefer it he just became a house husband or something and just reminisces about that one time when he made the Kessel Run in under 9 parsecs.

*sighs* You know, it wasn't too long ago I was pretty excited about these movies. Look, I adored the original trilogy but trying to shove the older, worn cast into the spotlight like this seems like a recipe for disappointment. This is a new trilogy, they need to embrace that not try desperately to create one more installment of the old one. In short: I've got a bad feeling about this.

Whoops, double post.

How about watching the movies before jumping to conclusions?
The bar for Star Wars is already low because of the prequels.

Adzma:
So the entire film will be carried by a confused old man who looks bored throughout the entirety film? We're on track for Star Wars VII: Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Well, in my opinion, he was great in Ender's game.

Captcha: reach higher
That's what you gotta do, Harrison.

Just as we all feared. Han Solo is a fan-favorite character and they're making it all about him to bring in the audience. J.J. isn't in moviemaking for making good movies. He's in it to make money.

This does not fill me with hope, that other thing what's it called? oh yeah Dammnit Abrams.

I'm going to predict two things about the new trilogy;

1- Lens flares on everything, including each letter of the opening crawl.

2- Luke, Leia, Han and Chewie all die in the first movie, the second will be the new kids going out for revenge, and the third will be them learning revenge is not a good idea and become better people for it.

Oh, and there may or may not be a magic time traveling island powered by Rambaldi.

Only way I can think of Harrison Ford agreeing to this is if Han Solo dies.

I'd even bet on it.

well at least hopefully this means it wont be heavy on any lingering darth vader plot lines which is what I was expecting given jj abrams track record with star trek

Pr0:

Hes got a serious case of "Shatner's Syndrome" that I'm not sure an entire movie budget worth of CGI can fix.

Well, he *did* get in a car accident when he was young. Reconstructive surgery can't hold up forever.

I know I should be looking at this with jaded cynicism, but the small child inside of me is just going 'SQUEEEEEE'.

What is wrong with me?!

Ronack:
J.J. isn't in moviemaking for making good movies. He's in it to make money.

Exactly. If you do a little research you'll find that a major reason J.J. wants to do Star Wars is for the marketing potential.
I mean look how many rebooted Star Trek crossover commericals we got like this.

That commercial makes me sad for all kinds of different reasons. :(
With Star Wars, cross promotions are nothing new so for J.J. it's ka-ching $$$$$$

Anyway, like others said it can't be any worse then the prequels and I'm willing to bet more then ever now that Han's gonna die.

I'm still amazed that, in a universe as large as Star Wars, where you could set any story hundreds of years before or after the first three movies, we keep going back to the exact same actors and characters.

All of these people got their "happy ending". It's unnecessary.

It's a strange, and unfair, world where Lucasfilms declares the Star Wars prequels canon, but tosses out things like Knights of the Old Republic.

When I read the title I keep imagining a porn producer telling a porn star that she's getting a "gigantic role" next scene.

Han Solo has a big "role", no wonder Leila walks funny.

Pr0:

Theres also a small concern about how they're dealing with Mark Hamill's role....

Hes got a serious case of "Shatner's Syndrome" that I'm not sure an entire movie budget worth of CGI can fix.

He was 17 when the films came out, at 62 he isn't going to look the same.

Does anyone else get the feeling that Han Solo's survival chance is plummeting?

Its looks like Movie Bob might be right that they're going to kill him off to show how bad the new bad guys are.

Actually, his part is going to be huge because Han grew like one of those monsters from Power Rangers.

Pr0:

Hes got a serious case of "Shatner's Syndrome" that I'm not sure an entire movie budget worth of CGI can fix.

Well, he's starting to look like his father.

Assuming they didn't edit out Sebastian Shaw in one of the later special editions.

Nowhere Man:

Ronack:
J.J. isn't in moviemaking for making good movies. He's in it to make money.

Exactly. If you do a little research you'll find that a major reason J.J. wants to do Star Wars is for the marketing potential.
I mean look how many rebooted Star Trek crossover commericals we got like this.

That commercial makes me sad for all kinds of different reasons. :(
With Star Wars, cross promotions are nothing new so for J.J. it's ka-ching $$$$$$

Anyway, like others said it can't be any worse then the prequels and I'm willing to bet more then ever now that Han's gonna die.

Dodgy marketting? Haphazard licencing?! With the STAR WARS -brand?!!!!

That'sssss..... already happened. For like, 3 decades now? The Star Wars name and logo have been plastered to frikin everything, and it's the highest grossing licence in the WORLD!

.....Not saying it's a good thing, just saying that yes, it will be bad, and yes, it will happen again.

Adzma:
So the entire film will be carried by a confused old man who looks bored throughout the entirety film? We're on track for Star Wars VII: Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

This is all thats going through my mind now.

But seriously, putting the old heroes in as anything other than a cameo will do more damage to the film than anything else. Imagine what will happen when there is an inevitable death that happens and the new guard have to fly on their own after being overshadowed by the originals? I'm not really holding my breath on this being any good.

TWEWYFan:
*sighs* You know, it wasn't too long ago I was pretty excited about these movies. Look, I adored the original trilogy but trying to shove the older, worn cast into the spotlight like this seems like a recipe for disappointment. This is a new trilogy, they need to embrace that not try desperately to create one more installment of the old one. In short: I've got a bad feeling about this.

Yup. DIsney basically trying to tongue the nostalgia fan-balls. Taking the safest, most in offensive route. The vast galaxy is once again condensed down to the same 20 people. Turning a blind eye to the potential in favour of quick returns.

Disney, we don't need to keep seeing the old cast or call backs to the trilogy. The success of the Kotor and Jedi Knight games proves that much. People are perfectly willing to accept not being reminded of the old films. YOu have a whole galaxy, use it.

Where it mean. I'd have gon with a parallel trilogy. A trilogy spanning the same timeframe as the first trilogy buut following a different set of characters in a different part of the galaxy. That is how you build a universe that you can spin a franchise off of...you expand the galaxy, , you create new locations. I mean it'd have been interesting to see. I mean we know the Empire had a pretty damn brutal Military policy buut I don't think we ever saw what life was like under the Empire's governance did we?

This is terrible news. I never wanted the original cast in it to begin with, as it can only be a disappointment, and now that I hear they will feature in prominent roles, I'm quite convinced this movie will be underwhelming, if not utterly disappointing.

Rag Doll:

Nowhere Man:

Ronack:
J.J. isn't in moviemaking for making good movies. He's in it to make money.

Exactly. If you do a little research you'll find that a major reason J.J. wants to do Star Wars is for the marketing potential.
I mean look how many rebooted Star Trek crossover commericals we got like this.

That commercial makes me sad for all kinds of different reasons. :(
With Star Wars, cross promotions are nothing new so for J.J. it's ka-ching $$$$$$

Anyway, like others said it can't be any worse then the prequels and I'm willing to bet more then ever now that Han's gonna die.

Dodgy marketting? Haphazard licencing?! With the STAR WARS -brand?!!!!

That'sssss..... already happened. For like, 3 decades now? The Star Wars name and logo have been plastered to frikin everything, and it's the highest grossing licence in the WORLD!

.....Not saying it's a good thing, just saying that yes, it will be bad, and yes, it will happen again.

Well yeah, that's my point. It's easier and more lucrative for Abrams to jump on board the Star Wars hype train then it is to whore out his spin on Star Trek considering how Star Trek franchise's licensing and merchandising rights are split between CBS and Paramount.

http://www.thewrap.com/movies/article/how-web-star-trek-rights-killed-jj-abrams-grand-ambitions-91766

I personally don't care as long he keeps the lens flare to a bare minimum.

Pr0:
Main deal is, Expanded Universe now being "unofficial" aside, theres a rather glaring bit of stuff that you can't just write over with a movie and thats Han and Leia's children, Jacen and Jaina.

Primary issue there though is that without Mara Jade, Jacen Solo doesn't become the new great tragedy and betrayal....not without some heavy re-writing.

That's probably why the EU is getting written out. Besides, it was never perfectly consistent even from the beginning. For instance, the entire plot of The Last Command hinges on the nature of the Spaarti cloning process, which is completely incompatible with what the movies say about the Kamino cloning process. While I would love to see a big-screen version of the Thrawn trilogy, it just doesn't work with what's currently written. I think that Timothy Zahn was the first writer to delve into the history of the Clone Wars, and thus what he came up with doesn't match what became film canon. Hopefully they'll take inspiration from the good bits of the EU at least. Disney, take note from your other nerd-film department: gratuitous canon references sell.

Bob will probably have a minor stroke watching it,

Oh, Bob has a minor stroke when the city changes the trash pickup day. This shouldn't be a surprise.

You'd think they would have learned from the EU that shafting the younger characters in favor of trotting out the increasingly aged original heroes is not a recipe for success...

I find it difficult to talk due to all the drooling at the possibilities of the new movie. The excitement is only going to get worse, again, until I see the movie. The original cast is back, and nothing could get me more excited or happy! I am really bummed out about them ditching the expanded universe, though, as I had read pretty much all post Jedi books, and liked them all, and LOVED a bunch of them.

havoc33:
This is terrible news. I never wanted the original cast in it to begin with, as it can only be a disappointment, and now that I hear they will feature in prominent roles, I'm quite convinced this movie will be underwhelming, if not utterly disappointing.

I think you are definitely a VERY small minority on this. I couldnt be happier! Luke, Leia, and Han have been a big part of my life since I first watched Star Wars waaaay back on May 25th, 1977, and the fact that they will have such a big role in this movie has me beyond happy.

Also, Spoiler Alert: Jar-Jar Binks was frozen in carbonite, and will be revived in the opening scene.

He will accompany our heroes on their quest though all three movies. You're welcome.

This news makes me... nervous. Han Solo survived the horrors of the last movies by not being touched. Now?

Well, there's a lot on the line. I suppose I could always mentally classify these movies as non-canon like I did with the prequels but I'd rather not. Please have a good story.

Casting's been announced: http://starwars.com/news/star-wars-episode-7-cast-announced.html

"Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film."

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