10:55am PT by Graeme McMillan
Harrison Ford Promises That the Older, Wiser Han Solo Is Still a Rogue
As the trailers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens have demonstrated, Han Solo has gone from Force cynic in the first movie to being the character who tells the new heroes that it's all true — but don't expect him to have changed too much in the intervening years between movies, says Harrison Ford.
"There's not an abandoning of the character," the actor told Entertainment Weekly while talking about the older, wiser Han Solo. "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."
Emotional elements like being married to another user of the Force? After all, EW's new cover does tease that Princess Leia might be going by a different name in the new movie. ... Nevertheless, Ford was quick to reassure that some things about Han Solo remain the same, even decades later.
"We spend a lot more time [in the movie] on his failure to master basic skills, like accounting," he joked. "There's a lot of the rogue still left in Solo. Some things don't change."
Beyond that, he won't be drawn on what to expect from his return to the franchise, saying that people "might make an elaborate conjecture" on who Solo has become, "but I think we answer that question in the film. It's best left answered there."
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will open Dec. 18.