From the moment it was announced a new Star Wars film was coming in 2015, it was clear we were going to be hit with vast amounts of speculation, some more informed that others. Today we’ve got two nuggets, one suggesting Harrison Ford may be up for returning to the franchise and the other saying Matthew Vaughn might direct.
We already knew Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher had been tipped off early about the possibility of more Star Wars. Now EW suggests that not only may Hamill and Fisher be back for further adventures in a galaxy far, far way, but Harrison Ford may return too. EW has what they describe as a ‘highly-placed source’ who says, “Harrison is open to the idea of doing the movie and he’s upbeat about it, all three of them are.”
That’s a long way from saying he’ll actually return – and even if he did it could just be a cameo – but it certainly sounds hopeful. As always with Ford though, he won’t enter negotiations until there is a screenplay and a director in place.
Other rumours, this time via Collider, suggest the director part of that equation may already have been decided, as they say Kick-Ass helmer Matthew Vaughn is in talks to direct Star Wars – Episode VII. It’s difficult to know how firm their sources are, although it would explain why Vaughn dropped out of X-Men: Days Of Future Past just a few months before it was due to shoot.
Many had thought there was something a bit unusual about Vaughn’s departure, as the director had seemed so upbeat about the film. It’s also true that if a director drops out late, it’s usually acrimonious and they have nothing to do with the movie afterwards, but they didn’t seem unhappy with Vaughn in the X-Men camp, as he will still produce the movie.
Both Vaughn and Ford and far from certain yet – nothing will be confirmed until it’s officially announced by Disney – but it’s all certainly intriguing.