Back in October, Jedi Master SQL made mention of a deal between Disney and Harrison Ford involving Star Wars: Episode VII and Indiana Jones:
Ford wanted a commitment to Indy 5 [as part of an agreement to reprise his role as Han Solo]. He did not get this as there is no plot line or script in place. What did happen was an agreement was made wherein an outline would be developed by the end of calendar year 2014, and if all parties can agree to it moving forward, efforts would be made to move on Indy 5 for release before the end of 2016.
On Friday, Disney acquired distribution and marketing rights from Paramount for future Indiana Jones films. Clearly, the intent is there to make at least one new film in the franchise.
Now, add to the mix what SQL said just over a week ago:
I have only seen evidence for one of [the “Big 3”] having signed. I am not joining the sceptics suggesting they are not all back, but I can only tell you what I know.
What can we surmise from these three pieces of information? Out of all the Star Wars “Big 3” (i.e. Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford) we can now lock Ford in for Episode VII with some degree of certainty. The “evidence” to which SQL refers is most likely the deal between Ford and Disney regarding these two franchises.
And since Indy 5 is now a lock, so is the return of Han Solo.
Ford was always the most doubtful. But with Ford on board and Fisher returning as well (at least according to James Blunt), it would be crazy to think Hamill wasn’t participating, too. Anyone fearing that the Lawrence Kasdan/J.J. Abrams rewrites would remove the Big 3 can now breathe a sigh of relief.
And as for Billy Dee Williams (a.k.a. Lando Calrissian), SQL had this to say: “expect big things from [Billy Dee Williams] on multiple platforms in the future”. Remember that Rebels rumour…?