Harrison Ford has admitted he is open to the idea of returning to the role of Han Solo for the recently-announced Star Wars sequels.
According to an Entertainment Weekly article, Ford is "upbeat" over the idea of returning, as are his former co-stars, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher.
Ford seemed the least likely of all the original cast to return, partly due to his star status - none of the cast found the success he did post-Jedi - and partly because he'd always believed his character, the smuggling rogue-turned-rebel fighter should have been killed off in the original trilogy.
But at 70 years of age, it seems unlikely that Han Solo will play a major part in the new movies. Hamill (62) and Fisher (56) could be included in order to pass the torch on to a new cast of freedom fighters and Jedi Knights.
The Star Wars rumours, particularly now Lucas is no longer involved, will be the first of many a news story, particularly with no director attached ot the project in the wake of George Lucas's retirement.
According to Collider.com, there's a good chance X-Men: First Class and Stardust director Matthew Vaughn will take over the directing reins. While the popular blog has made it clear they haven't verified the story, they claim it comes from a solid source.
More news as it occurs…