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Harrison Ford not ready to talk about Star Wars sequel

Harrison Ford has playfully evaded questions about his reported part in Disney's planned Star Wars sequel.

Harrison Ford isn’t ready – “yet” – to talk about his reported part in Disney’s planned Star Wars sequel, but is all praise for 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 rose to fame playing Han Solo in the Star Wars trilogy – is shrugging off questions about that character while promoting his role as the Brooklyn Dodgers president Branch Rickey in the forthcoming Jackie Robinson biopic 42.

Asked how he feels generally that the Star Wars sequel and Disney spin-offs are in the works, Ford responded: “I don’t feel anything at the moment yet.”

In an article published earlier this month, the 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 autumn.

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 playing Han Solo again, Ford said, “Um, I don’t even want to discuss that. It’s great. Ain’t it great?”

It’s been more than two decades since Abrams wrote the Regarding Henry screenplay. Have the two chatted recently?

“About what?” Ford asked, smirking and taking a slow sip from a cup. – AP


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