My friend WookieePox sent me this article about Harrison Ford being “open” to reprising Han Solo in Episode VII. There’s no actual news here, just that Ford hasn’t slammed the door on the idea. Meanwhile, apparently Lucas told Mark Hamill about Episode VII in August (likely at Celebration VI) and suggested his would be a cameo role. This is in-line with what Lucas told Hamill all the way back in 1976 while filming ANH. Back then, Lucas suggested Luke might be in the sequel trilogy as an older Ben Kenobi-like figure. If Lucas stays true to form (and he usually does), that could be how Luke fits into the storyline.
While I can easily see an older Luke in the new movie (hopefully with a fine Alec Guiness beard — Hamill these days looks a little like a retired biology teacher), its hard for me to imagine geriatric Han Solo. It could certainly work, but it all depends on the story. The thing about Harrison Ford as an actor, and the thing that made him iconic, was that in every role he was basically playing himself. You look at his filmography and his roles are very age appropriate. I can’t see Ford successfully playing “cocky hotshot” at 70. It’s just not who he is anymore. “Crusty, gravely, and easily annoyed” is where he’s at now.
It’s certainly interesting to contemplate where Han Solo might be in his life at 70 (and I’m ignoring anything EU about his character post-ROTJ — and so should you), but will it be the Han Solo audiences will accept?