Most fans know by now that Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher will be reprising their roles from the original Star Wars trilogy in Star Wars Episode VII. What we don’t know is how big of a role they will play. Previous rumors suggested that director J.J. Abrams wanted to cut down on how big of a role Luke, Leia and Han would play in order to put the spotlight firmly on the new characters. However, a rumor being reported by Entertainment Weekly suggests that Han Solo’s role will be significantly larger than that of Luke and Leia. From the report:
Even more significant, Han Solo won’t just be a walk-on. While Hamill and Fisher will boast strong supporting parts, Ford will join three of the young stars as one of the leads in the story, according to several sources close to the film. Bonus points to anyone who gets to say to him, “She’s fast enough for you, old man.”
So Han Solo gets to have one last adventure while Luke and Leia stay at home? An interesting turn if true. There are lots of potential plots that could result in an increased role for Han and less of a role for Luke and Leia: perhaps one or both or captured and Han has to lead the younglings on a rescue mission, for example. It’s all speculation for now, but if rumors of a Han Solo prequel spinoff are true, it would make sense for the studio to want to put him in the spotlight as well.
Star Wars Episode VII comes to theaters December 18, 2015.