The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly has new updates on Star Wars: Episode VII, including news that Harrison Ford will be one of the co-leads as Han Solo alongside three of the younger actors. Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) will also have significant, yet smaller roles as well. Take a look at the latest updates, courtesy ofJedi News.
- At press time, several roles have yet to be filled, including a major female lead.
- Han Solo is considered a co-lead alongside 3 of the younger actors.
While most of this isn't new information, it does fall in line with rumors we heard last year about why J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan took over writing the script back in November, which was completed in mid-January. Michael Arndt's script reportedly had minor roles for Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, with the story focusing on their children. It is believed that the original trilogy stars will have big roles in Star Wars: Episode VII before passing the torch to their characters' children in the forthcoming sequels Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX.
It's also worth noting that we reported in October that Disney is developing Indiana Jones 5 in order to secure Harrison Ford for Star Wars: Episode VII. There is also speculation that Han Solo may die in this highly-anticipated sequel, which could serve as a catalyst for the younger trio of stars to spring into action, perhaps taking a page from Disney's Marvel's The Avengers, where Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) was killed, giving this team of heroes even more motivation to defeat their enemies.
Disney and LucasFilm finally announced the cast last month, which includes John Boyega, Domhnall Gleeson, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Max von Sydow and Andy Serkis, although no character details were given.