SPOILERS FOLLOW FOR STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
If you clicked on this article, it means you care enough about the Star Wars universe to have seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens. That means you know that Han Solo died, killed by his darksided son. But it seems that this isn’t the end of Harrison Ford’s role in the Star Wars universe.
MovieCastingCall.org, which posts casting news for actors, writes that the currently untitled Star Wars: Episode VIII is looking for extras of all ages. They also wrote,
Returning to reprise their roles in “Star Wars: Episode VIII” is Golden Globe Award nominee Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron; Daisy Ridley as Rey; Black Reel awards nominee John Bodega as Finn; Academy Award nominee Harrison Ford as Han Solo….
This could have been a misprint, based on incorrect information. Or perhaps the stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking Nerf herder will be returning after all.
There’s a precedent for this in the Star Wars universe: Sir Alec Guinness managed to co-star in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi despite the death of Obi-Wan Kenobi in A New Hope. But Obi-Wan is a Force user, one who had “learned the path to immortality” through communing with his old master, Qui-Gon. Han Solo may have learned the Force is real, but he never learned how to use it (low midichlorian count, perhaps?).
Unless Luke can conjure up a way to revive the Force ghost of his friend, Han’s death seemed too permanent for a full-on resurrection. The most likely scenario is that we’ll be seeing Ford in flashback or perhaps as a message in a 3D hologram.
I’m in favor of a scene or two with Han Solo, preferably of him telling his son he still loves him—which would send Kylo Ren into an even deeper despair.
We'll be seeing whether the Force will awaken Han Solo on May 26, 2017, when Star Wars: VIII hits the theaters.