Star Wars VII: Return of the Han Solo

That’s right. There’s some pretty solid intel that the one and only Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Han Solo in the upcoming J.J. Abrams-directed Star Wars Episode VII. I’ve discussed my mixed feelings about an Abrams-run continuation of the classic series, but this news gives me A New Hope (har har). There had been rumors of Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher returning to the series, but no one really cares about them much anymore. They peaked with Star Wars, whereas Ford launched a long and impressive career with his iconic role.

Also he is super awesome. Need I say more?

What do you think about this big announcement?

Harrison Ford In ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’? Han Solo Reportedly Attached To New Film
Christopher Rosen @ Huffington Post

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Harrison Ford will apparently play Han Solo in “Star Wars: Episode VII.”

That’s the report from Latino Review reporter Umberto “El Mayimbe” Gonzalez, who went on Fox News Latino to break the news that Ford had signed on to appear in the new “Star Wars” film. According to Gonzalez, the deal is “significant.”

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Star Wars VII to Get a Little J.J. Abrams (Lens) Flair

I’m sure by now you’ve all heard that J.J. Abrams has officially signed on to direct the upcoming Star Wars 7. For me, it has taken several days for this news to sink in, and I have mixed emotions about it. But I finally feel that I have something coherent to say.

130127-abramsFirstly: how the frak does this man get so lucky? Not only has he had a more than respectable run in television, most notably with Lost, then he was handed the blessed conch of Star Trek, and now he’s continuing the gorram Star Wars franchise?? If you ask me, this man made some supernatural deal with the lens flair devil–success and the coolest opportunities in exchange for his soul and no less than fourscore lens flairs in every film.

That being said–oozing with unabashed jealousy, might I add–I have been largely impressed with Abrams’ work thus far. Despite the fact that many hardcore Trek fans expressed disappointment and even outrage at the Star Trek reboot, I personally, very much enjoyed it.

To some extent then, I do have hope for Star Wars: Episode VII, especially because after the complete rubbish Lucas tried to pass off as an adequate prequel trilogy, there’s really nowhere to go but up. In particular, as noted on Axolotl Ceviche, at least Abrams has some handle on how to actually direct, while Lucas, despite his aptitude for pre-CG technical innovation, has been a miserable failure as a director of real people instead of puppets.

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But really, at the core, I think the success or failure of Episode 7 will hinge on the writing. Although Abrams has done his fair share of this, there’s no word as to how much involvement he will have with the actual writing of the script, with rumors that Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, Little Miss Sunshine, and *gag* Brave) will be heading up the writing department.

The fundamental importance of a good script is exactly what makes me wish that Joss Whedon had been given the job. I may be a bit partial, as, just like the pulchritudinous Jason Segel to my right, Joss Whedon is my master now, but if his massive success with The Avengers has taught us anything, it’s that he knows his shit. I would feel much more comfortable with Star Wars in his hands than any one else’s. Sure he’s been super busy and probably needs a break and taking on the Star Wars franchise would definitely be a super stressful enterprise, but I don’t care. I’m selfish and I want more Jossy goodness.

While Arndt seems mostly competent and Abrams has a decent track record thus far, I’ll remain cautiously skeptical so as not to get my hopes too far up only to be disappointed by Star Wars 7. What are your feelings on the big announcement?

J.J. Abrams Set to Direct Next ‘Star Wars’ Film (Exclusive)
Lucas Shaw @ The Wrap

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Disney on Friday night confirmed TheWrap’s earlier report that J.J. Abrams will direct “Star Wars: Episode VII,” the latest film in the iconic franchise and the first since Disney bought Lucasfilm last October.

“J.J. is the perfect director to helm this,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement. “Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise. He understands the essence of the ‘Star Wars’ experience, and will bring that talent to create an unforgettable motion picture.”

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Anticipating Sci-fi in 2013: ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’

I was raised on the bread and butter of Star Trek. My parents have always been huge fans of the original series, and I, myself, was a mite addicted to The Next Generation for a good portion of my middle school years. That being said, I never really got into any of the Trek movies–something about that universe just seems to be better suited to the long-format, serial narrative of television.

However, when the rebooted Star Trek film came out in 2009, I absolutely loved it. Apparently some have criticized it for being a dumbed-down version of the greatness that it came from, but I, personally, loved the shit out of it. It had all of the action and suspense you would expect of a sci-fi film, but it also was extremely clever in how it dealt with the inevitable fan criticism if it contradicted the Trek canon in any way. How did they manage to avoid the ire of the passionate and snarky Trekkie (or apparently some prefer “Trekker”) community? Take the reboot outside of the canon. It’s literally a different timeline, which, in the first place, totally works for sci-fi, and second, opens up limitless possibilities for where they can go with these beloved characters. In a sense, it seems like it could be the beginning of another series, as it could be particularly well-suited to long-format narrative.

Also, Zachary Quinto.

This article reviews some of the most anticipated sci-fi films of 2013, but personally, Star Trek Into Darkness is definitely at the top of my list. Now that J.J. Abrams has the entire Star Trek universe to play with, I can’t wait to see where he takes us. One point of contention, however: with so much at his fingertips, why is he bringing us back to Khan? Don’t get me wrong, I love Wrath of Khan (1982) and it’s probably my favorite of the Trek films before the reboot, but really, Abrams? Really? You could have done practically anything, and instead you decide to go back to a staple of the Star Trek film franchise and do what, remake it too?

So despite all the hope I have that it will be a great film, I am just really really hoping that Into Darkness isn’t a let down.

What films are you most looking forward to this year?

The Seven Most Anticipated Sci-fi Films of 2013
Jacob S. Hall @ movies.com

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A few weeks ago, I wrote a column dissecting a random grab bag of upcoming science fiction films, with a few of the titles mentioned not set to open until 2014. But now that we’re at the start of a brand new year, it’s time to narrow this column’s focus to the next 365 (well, 361 days). It’s time to start getting excited about movies that actually have solid “we can’t go back now” release dates.

In other words: here are the most intriguing, exciting and potentially great science fiction films opening within the next 12 months. Spoiler alert: Oblivion and After Earth aren’t included.”

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