Spoilers for “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” below!
Han Solo finally got the send-off he deserved.
In a new interview with Vanity Fair, director J.J. Abrams talks convincing Harrison Ford to return for one final “Star Wars” appearance in “The Rise of Skywalker”.
“Well, I called him and I said, ‘We want to have a scene in the film between Kylo Ren and his father. Would you do it?’ And he said okay,” Abrams said. “It’s not more interesting!”
The director continued, “We had a meeting and talked about what it would be. Harrison, who is one of the great people ever, and incredibly thoughtful about everything that he does, all he ever wants is to understand the utility of the character. ‘What is my role?’ It was about sitting with him and explaining what our intention was. We talked about it for quite a while, I sent him the pages. He got it, and of course, as you can see, he was wonderful.”
Ford has had a famously contentious relationship with “Star Wars” and his iconic Han Solo character, expressing in the past that he wished creator George Lucas had killed him off in 1983’s “Return of the Jedi”.
The character finally met his demise in 2015’s “The Force Awakens”, and screenwriter Chris Terrio emphasized that his appearance in “The Rise of Skywalker” was all in Kylo Ren’s head.
“At least for J.J. and I, we thought that this finally was Ren, after the death of his mother, being able to really ask for forgiveness, to ask his father for forgiveness, and make some kind of peace,” Terrio explained. “He cannot go back and take back what he has done to his father, but as Han says, ‘Your mother’s gone but what she stood for and what she fought for, that’s not gone,” so he still can make amends in the future.”
Abrams added, “When we were doing ‘The Force Awakens’ I couldn’t— and I still can’t —imagine what it would be like to come back at that point, nearly 40 years later, and wear a costume and play a character again. I just think it’s insane, for all of them, not just for Harrison.”