Ford not 'yet' ready to talk 'Star Wars' sequels
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Harrison Ford isn't ready — "yet" — to talk about his reported part in Disney's planned "Star Wars" sequel, but he praises its director, J.J. Abrams.
"I think he's fantastic," Ford said in a recent interview. "I did his first movie, 'Regarding Henry,' with Mike Nichols. A wonderful talent. Extraordinary guy."
The 70-year-old actor — who came to fame playing Han Solo in the "Star Wars" trilogy — is shrugging off questions about that character while promoting his role as Brooklyn Dodgers president Branch Rickey in the upcoming Jackie Robinson film "42."
This 1977 publicity photo provided by 20th Century-Fox Film Corporation shows, from left, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill in a scene from the film, "Star Wars," released by 20th Century-Fox. (AP Photo/20th Century-Fox Film Corporation)
Asked how he feels generally that the "Star Wars" sequel and Disney spinoffs are in the works, Ford responded: "I don't feel anything at the moment yet."
In an article published earlier this month, "Star Wars" creator George Lucas told Bloomberg Businessweek that Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher had been in negotiations to return to the franchise even before Lucasfilm was sold to Disney last fall.
Was Ford surprised by that announcement? He makes the universal zipping-my-lips sign. Asked what it will take to get him to commit to play Han Solo again, Ford said, "Um, I don't even want to discuss that. It's great. Ain't it great?"
In this Saturday, March 23, 2013 photo, Harrison Ford. left, and Chadwick Boseman, cast members in the new film "42," pose together for a portrait, in Los Angeles. Harrison Ford isn't "yet" ready to talk about Disney's planned "Star Wars" sequel, but he will praise its director, J.J. Abrams. The 70-year-old actor -- who came to fame playing Han Solo in the sci-fi trilogy -- is shrugging off questions about that character while promoting his role as Brooklyn Dodgers president Branch Rickey in the Jackie Robinson film "42." (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
It's been over two decades since Abrams wrote the "Regarding Henry" screenplay. Have the two chatted recently?