Harrison Ford says he's not involved in 'Star Wars' spin-off

Thu Dec 10, 2015 10:02am EST
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By Rollo Ross

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Harrison Ford reprises the role of Han Solo in the next "Star Wars" film but the Hollywood actor says he will not be involved in the character's own standalone movie.

The Walt Disney Co said in July the space saga hero would get his own film, set for release in May 2018.

Asked about the project and who he thought should be cast, Ford told Reuters: "I don't think it's about being like me, it's about us being like Han Solo.

"So I'm sure whoever is responsible for that film, and I'm not, will think through the issues and problems of doing such a thing ... Let's make them responsible for those questions you might think to ask me because I'm not involved."

Disney said the standalone would look at how Han Solo became the smuggler Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first meet in the 1977 original "Star Wars" film.

Asked if he would provide any tips on how to be Han Solo in the spin-off, Ford, 73, said: "No, I'm not going to do that."

The upcoming "The Force Awakens", the first "Star Wars" film installment in 10 years, has been kept under wraps bar some broad character outlines.

"I'm pleased to see the skill with which the story has been rendered," Ford said. "I think it all came together very well."   Continued...

Actor Harrison Ford, recipient of the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment, poses at the Britannia Awards hosted by BAFTA Los Angeles in Beverly Hills, California, October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok