Harrison Ford Is Returning for Episode VIII, And Other New ‘Star Wars’ Developments


han-solo-ftThe long-anticipated release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now less than two weeks away. Among the dozens of fan theories are several prevailing ones: that Han Solo will die, that Jar Jar Binks will make a comeback, and that there’s a hidden scene after the credits that will set up the sequel, or at the very least, Rogue One. Well, JJ Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy are here to tell you that nope, none of those are true.

Harrison Ford will return for Episode VIII

The first debunked theory comes as a huge relief for Han Solo fans, which is all of us. Even though Harrison Ford has been begging to be killed off since circa 1980, it looks like Ford has finally been made a believer, and will reportedly return to film the sequel to The Force Awakens.

Kathleen Kennedy, the president of Lucasfilm, all but confirmed that he will shortly be returning to film on location. Also returning are John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), and Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma), along with, presumably, Daisy Ridley (Rey), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), and General Leia (Carrie Fisher).

There’s no Jar Jar Binks—alive or dead—in this installment

A funny rumor circulated by Abrams himself was his idea to include the skeleton of a certain unpopular fiercely despised Gungan in the deserts of Jakku. While that would have certainly been a funny in-joke for Star Wars fans, there will be no Jar Jar Binks, alive or otherwise, in this movie. Thankfully.

“All of the scenes are actually in the movie”

A major trend in action films recently has been to reveal a scene after the credits to set up a sequel or spin-off film. This trend was made popular by comic book movies, especially Marvel, but JJ Abrams has unequivocally stated that he is not conforming to this particular habit.

“All of the scenes are actually in the movie,” he said. Any foreshadowing of Episode VIII or Rogue One will happen during the movie’s actual running time. At least you know you’re not missing anything as you make a mad dash to the exit to avoid the crowd. (Or as your eyesight goes blurry from crying. Either one.)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will (finally) open on December 18.

Lisa Lo Paro
Lisa is a freelance writer and bibliophile living on the outskirts of New York City. She likes 2 a.m. with a good book, takes cream in her coffee and heavily filters her photos. Check out her blog The Most Happy, her Instagram, and Twitter.

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