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By Mark Worgan On November 6, 2012

Harrison Ford Wants 'Star Wars' Return Alongside Original Cast

Star rows back from comments saying he wanted Han Solo to die

Ever since it became clear that 'Star Wars' would be returning to screens with a seventh instalment under the Disney umbrella, rumours have circulated about the likely make up of the new movie and its sequels.

The most sensational news yet is that Harrison Ford, Han Solo from the original films, would like to star in any new instalment alongside fellow cast members Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, who are also reportedly enthusiastic.

A source told Entertainment Weekly: "Harrison is open to the idea of doing the movie and he's upbeat about it, all three of them are," referring to Ford, Hamill and Fisher, who played the central figures in the original three films, Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia. 

The move marks an about turn for Ford, who as recently as 2010 said to ABC that Solo as a character "was not so interesting to me".

He even said that he thought Han should be killed off, but film maker George Lucas apparently decided against it as it may have hurt toy sales. Ford said:  "I thought he should have died in the last one to give it some bottom... George didn't think there was any future in dead Han toys."

After returning to the character of Indiana Jones the move isn't as incredible as it once seemed for the actor, at one time one of Hollywood's most bankable stars, but according to EW the return may be short lived as his contract for 'Episode 7' will likely have written into it a death scene ensuring that Ford does get the ending he wanted 30 years after he was last seen in 'Episode 6: Return Of The Jedi'.

The new movies are said to pick up the story 20 years after the end of the originals, and will give fans a chance to see how things turned out after the fall of the Empire, whose rise dominated the second batch of 'Star Wars' films which were prequels to the 1970s and 80s sci-fi classics.

PHOTOS: The original 'Star Wars' films

Carrie Fisher (as Princess Leia Organa) Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983) aka Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (WENN)

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