With Harrison Ford being nearly 80-years old, one wouldn’t be blamed for thinking the latest Star Wars trilogy would be the last time we’d see his take on the scruffy-looking nerf herder known as Han Solo. But, a recent story further confirms our exclusive scoop that Harrison Ford will be reprising the role that put him on the map. He allegedly spent three days in London shooting a cameo for the final episode of the Disney+ series The Book of Boba Fett.
Since The Book of Boba Fett takes place nearly 30 years before Star Wars: The Force Awakens it’s likely that our scoop was also right about Harrison Ford being de-aged for the role. The Mandalorian takes place in 9 ABY (after the Battle of Yavin) and The Book of Boba Fett takes place in the same time period. This would place it five years after the final movie of the original trilogy The Return of the Jedi. This means we’d expect Han to look about the same as he did in that movie.
The Star Wars Disney+ series creators are no stranger to de-aging their OG trilogy stars. The season two finale of The Mandalorian saw Luke Skywalker himself show up to take on Grogu (aka Baby Yoda) as a Padawan. Mark Hamill reprised his role and was de-aged to depict a much younger Luke than we saw in the latest trilogy. The technology is only getting better, so hopefully, Harrison Ford’s cameo will be the best one yet.
If you’re not caught up, The Book of Boba Fett stars Temuera Morrison as the titular bounty hunter. In the series, Fett and his partner Fennec Shand are looking to hold the throne of the criminal underworld in Tattoine, a position previously held by Jabba the Hutt. Since Harrison Ford’s Han Solo is likely busy starting his family with Leia Organa, it’s unclear how he’ll factor into the show. Presumably, at this point, his dealings with the galaxy’s scum and villainy aren’t as frequent, so it will be interesting. to see how he ends up running into Boba.
Due to his age, and his previously stated disinterest in continuing the role, this could very well be the last appearance Harrison Ford makes as Han Solo. While it’s true we could see some animated appearances or see Alden Ehrenreich reprise his role as a younger version of Han, Ford may decide to close the curtain on his Star Wars career. It seems unlikely that he would have a reoccurring role in future seasons of the Disney+ series since the de-aging technology used would take significant resources for an ongoing character. However, it is possible that if he becomes recurring that they could get a younger actor like Ehrenreich to play him. Or they could throw in another cameo or two of Ford himself. For now, we can just be thankful that we get to see everyone’s favorite Kessel-running rogue again. If we’re really lucky, maybe Chewie will tag along for the ride too.