Convincing Harrison Ford To Return for Rise of Skywalker Was Super Easy
J.J. Abrams has explained how he convinced Harrison Ford to return for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, revealing it was actually quite easy. Longtime Star Wars fans might be surprised to learn this; Ford infamously wanted his iconic smuggler Han Solo to be killed off in Return of the Jedi as a martyr to the Rebellion, but George Lucas wouldn’t have it. Thirty-two years later, though, Ford finally got his wish.
In Abrams’ The Force Awakens, Han tries and fails to turn his son Ben/Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) back to the light. Instead, Kylo stabs him with his cross-guard lightsaber, cementing his turn to the Dark Side and allegiance to the First Order. It’s a decision that continued to haunt Kylo throughout the second film in the sequel trilogy, 2017’s The Last Jedi, and was payed off during The Rise of Skywalker in a scene where Kylo is once again confronted by his father, but as a memory only. As it turns out, Ford was all too willing to reprise his role for this exchange.
During an interview with Vanity Fair, Abrams explained how he got Ford to come back for 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 half-joked that’s all there was to the story before going on to talk about his meeting with Ford for the film and what the actor wanted to know before he committed to the project.