The Star Wars franchise has certainly seen better days. The quality of content has seen a few ups and downs ever since Disney took over Lucasfilm. But fans have found hope in the new content because of Lucasfilm being bought back by the original owners. The Mandalorian is a good example of this. It represents a return to roots for the franchise, mainly because we got to see a de-aged Mark Hamill portray Luke Skywalker again in the series’ season 2 finale. Now fans have been begging for the return of Harrison Ford in The Book of Boba Fett after hearing some rumors, but we think it will be best to bring back Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo.
Why do we say that? Even when we know that Solo was a complete failure both at the box office and in the critic’s books. Well, because Harisson Ford is not the only Solo in this universe. We don’t even know whether The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett occur in the same timeline as Return of The Jedi. So what is the purpose of bringing back the same character if not to perpetuate continuity? If Harrison Ford was to come back as Solo in this series then his cameo (and we assure you it will be a cameo) will only serve as fanservice.
It won’t amount to any substantial involvement for various reasons. Harrison Ford himself is a very expensive artist. Moreover, the relating process is an arduous journey in its own right and would run up the studio’s budget. So his involvement in the series can not be a prolonged one, because it won’t be a prudent financial decision. However, if Alden Ehrenreich was to be brought back as Han Solo, the studio could do away with the de-aging process and flesh out his storyline adequately.
Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo
As fans of the franchise know, Han Solo has a bitter rivalry with Boba Fett. Well, calling it a rivalry may not be all that correct. It is more of a long-standing grudge. You see, Boba Fett was the one who captured Solo for Jaba The Hutt. He was the one because of whom everything went south and Solo was presumed dead. Although these things got better as the conclusion of the trilogy drew close, Solo still maintained a grudge against Boba Fett.
Also, seeing as The Book of Boba Fett takes place five years after Episode VI – Return of The Jedi it is safe to assume that this would be a nice time for Solo to settle the score. Solo could even make a secondary antagonist for the series. But to have this degree of involvement from the character, we would need an actor that can stick around. Our point is that Solo needs to be the center of attention for the proper resolution of his storyline. Hence, the character cannot be played by Harisson Ford because such length of the role would result in humongous expenses for a TV show.
But, on the other hand, getting someone like Alden would lower the cost of the studio by more than twice. Not only will the actor cost less but the CGI cost for de-aging would be completely absent. This would allow them to get a comprehensive involvement from the character and does justice to a revenge/ rivalry saga. In our opinion, this is the only way forward.
However, the fans have their own priorities and the studio’s financial considerations don’t always form a part of it. We fear that the compromise between these mentalities will culminate into a cameo by Harisson Ford which will be counter-intuitive to the requirement of the series. Fans and showrunners should respect the sanctity of the story and move accordingly, but things don’t work like that in the real world.
What do you think about all of this? Would you like to see Alden as Han Solo in The Book of Boba Fett? Or would you be satisfied with a cameo from Harisson Ford? Let’s have a poll in the comments down below so we can know what you prefer. You already know what we would prefer so we hope you agree with our analysis of the situation. Until we actually get this revelation to keep watching this space for everything Marvel, DC, Star Wars and Hollywood. Excelsior!!!