Even as he prepares to return to theaters next month as Han Solo in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," Harrison Ford is keeping one eye on another iconic role, that of a certain archaeologist-adventurer.
“Oh, yeah. Yeah, I’d love to do another Indiana Jones,” the 73-year-old actor tells Entertainment Weekly. “A character that has a history and a potential, kind of a rollicking good movie ride for the audience, Steven Spielberg as a director — what’s not to like?”
That will undoubtedly be greeted with a sigh of relief from fans, who have ridden a rumor roller coaster for the past couple of years: Despite repeated insistence by franchise producer Frank Marshall that Disney and Lucasfilm aren't interested in recasting the title role, talk of a rebooted "Indiana Jones" has persisted.
Ford suggests he's just waiting for Lucasfilm and Spielberg to get the ball rolling. If that's the case, it seems as if the director is just about ready for "Indiana Jones 5."
As for Ford's rogue of the hour, the actor insists despite Han Solo's dialogue in the trailer -- "It’s true. All of it." -- he's still the character fans knew and loved from the original trilogy.
“No, there’s not an abandoning of the character,” he said. "He does not aspire to the position of Obi-‘Ben’ Kenobi, nor do I aspire to be some New Age Alec Guinness. His development is consistent with the character, and there are emotional elements which have occasioned his growth. [...] We spend a lot more time [in the movie] on his failure to master basic skills, like accounting. And accounting for his own behavior. There’s a lot of the rogue still left in Solo. Some things don’t change.”
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" opens Dec. 18 in North America.