Tom Cruise in and Harrison Ford out of Star Wars: Episode VII?

Tom Cruise in and Harrison Ford out of Star Wars: Episode VII?

Could it be that actor Tom Cruise is going to be starring in Star Wars: Episode VII and Harrison Ford will be written out of it? Possibly, as Tom Cruise has been in talks with his good friend, J.J. Abrams, to have a cameo appearance in Star Wars: Episode VII, and veteran actor, Harrison Ford, will either need to be filmed from the waist up or written out of the movie, altogether, because of the broken leg he suffered when the pneumatic door of the Millennium Falcon fell on it.

Rather than possibly delay the scheduled release date of the film, it might be more economically feasible for Lucasfilms and Disney to write out the Han Solo character, though his absence will likely be somewhat awkward, unless further rewrites of the script are done.

On June 19, one of Harrison Ford’s reps announced that the surgery on the star’s broken leg had been “successful” and added that Ford “will begin rehab shortly.” That is good news, but it is expected that Harrison Ford might have to be in rehab for 6-8 weeks. Even then, if he appears in the movie, he will probably have to be filmed just from the waist up.

An accident involving the pneumatic door of the iconic Han Solo spaceship, the Millennium Falcon, was responsible for breaking Harrison Ford’s leg. The door of the vehicle came down upon his leg, breaking it. Earlier reports had stated that Ford’s ankle had been injured on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, but Ford’s publicist later announced that it was not his ankle that was injured, but his leg.

According to The Sun and other sources, Tom Cruise, 51, has been in talks with J.J. Abrams to have a cameo in Star Wars: Episode VII, and it appears as if they have reached an agreement. Cruise could very well have a small, but conceivably important, role in the J.J. Abrams’ directed movie.

A source told The Sun that Tom Cruise “has been in London for over a week” meeting with Abrams and other execs about making a cameo appearance in Star Wars: Episode VII. This could very well be the case, as Cruise has known J.J. Abrams for years and Abrams was the director of the Cruise flick Mission: Impossible 3, released in 2006. Abrams was also one of the co-producers of another Tom Cruise movie, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, which hit theaters in 2011.

The source who was interviewed by The Sun also stated that J.J. Abrams “loves working with Tom whenever he gets the chance.”

Tom Cruise in and Harrison Ford out of Star Wars: Episode VII?

Much speculation has revolved around a meeting that was called on Monday morning at Pinewood Studios, in Buckinghamshire, England. Details of the meeting of Disney and Lucasfilms execs have not been revealed, but some of the rumors circulating suggest that one of the topics of the meeting was how to incorporate the Han Solo character in Star Wars: Episode VII without delaying the scheduled release date for the movie of December 18, 2015.

There might have also been talk about the best approach to writing the Han Solo character out of the script, to avoid the more unpleasant necessity that might otherwise occur, of pushing back production and delaying the movie’s release date. This could be a very real possibility, if the sources who spoke to the fan site, Jedi News, can be believed. However, writing out Han Solo from the script could result in an outraged reaction from Star Wars fans, who have been eagerly anticipating the reunion of Han Solo, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), ever since the news was announced that they would all be in Star Wars: Episode VII.

These same fans might be ticked off, though, as well, by any delay in the scheduled release date of Star Wars: Episode VII. Also, Disney would rather not push back the scheduled release dates of other Star Wars movies that are in the planning stages, like a Bobba Fett movie, scheduled for release in 2016, and Star Wars: Episode VIII, due to hit theaters in 2017. Disney Studios has plans for further Star Wars movies all the way through the year 2020.

Another topic of the Monday meeting likely was how best to make use of Tom Cruise in Star Wars: Episode VII. If it is deemed unfeasible to use the acting talents of Harrison Ford because of his broken leg, Tom Cruise might help provide a bit of the missing star power, and his role in the movie could very well be expanded.

Cruise is a fan of science fiction, and he is no stranger to having acted in science fiction flicks before. Other science fiction movies that Tom Cruise has starred in are Minority Report, War of the Worlds, Oblivion, and his current box office hit, Edge of Tomorrow.

Besides Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher returning in the roles that they made famous in the original Star Wars trilogy — assuming that Ford will still be playing Han Solo, that is — three other actors from the original trilogy will also be in Star Wars: Episode VII. They are Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, and Kenny Baker.

Other actors who will be making their own Star Wars history with the film will include Daisy Ridley, Andy Serkis, Max von Sydow, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhall Gleeson, and Oscar Isaac. John Williams, who composed the music for the original Star Wars trilogy, will also be back, composing the music for this sequel. J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan co-wrote the screenplay.

Written by: Douglas Cobb

31 Responses to "Tom Cruise in and Harrison Ford out of Star Wars: Episode VII?"

  1. rideforever   July 25, 2014 at 1:05 am

    Why didn’t Han Solo move out of the way of the door, is he stupid or something. Probably daydreaming about the reviews he’s gonna get.
    I am sure Disney will do there usual operation on this trilogy and turn it into a stupid fairy story with rainbow coloured dancing leprechauns and cute half-sized wookies.
    At least if Cruise turns up and blows something up it might be worth seeing.
    “I Luuuv Wookie People !!! You … my M* F* errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr”
    – Congratulations you’re still my agent

  2. Tevan   July 7, 2014 at 8:28 pm


  3. Andy   July 5, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Mac Von Sydow is obiwan kenobi

  4. Bob Woo   July 2, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    If only this were true. Cruise is till one of the most fun actors of a generations, despite his off-camera life.

  5. Destiny Yours   June 27, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Oh god no. I’d rather see Hayden Christensen and Jar Jar come back.

  6. Bobby Smith   June 27, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Tom Cruise is the worst actor he should’t be in Star Wars he’s not worthy

  7. Bob Shockley   June 26, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    In my opion Harison Ford as Han Solo is a must have. He along with Carrie and Mark are the real reason for my wanting episode 7. Besides not having Solo in the film, you mind as well stop production all together. Solo is my favorite charector im the star wars film. A big let down and a big disney mistake if he is not in this film. I say patience disney this film has the ablity to make you more money then you can possiabley imagin. We the fans need Solo!!

  8. Jake Gittes   June 25, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    I broke my leg when i was 21, in the best shape of my life and it took 8-10 weeks before I could walk normally. Regardless, Harrison Ford has to be in this film. I don’t mind if that means waiting until Dec. of 2016.

    In other news, “Tom Cruise to cameo as last nail in Star Wars’ fanboy crush coffin”.

  9. karl   June 25, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    From what I read in another article cruise was meeting abrams about M.I. V. As for delaying Star Wars, I’d much rather they delay it and have Ford in it than release something sub-par without him just so they can line their pockets and reap the rewards of a 2015 release…. do it right disney, take your time.

  10. Jason   June 25, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Is this a joke? This is a joke right?

  11. Ian   June 25, 2014 at 11:05 am

    It’s their own damned fault he got injured. Ford reprising this role is a huge part of the appeal for Episode VII – the pent-up goodwill for that isn’t dissimilar to the nostalgia that gave Indiana Jones 4 huge box office despite tepid word of mouth. To deny Ford (one of the hardest working actors on any set) and fans a fulfilling experience because of a careless accident that wasn’t his fault is bad publicity unless he categorically insists he wasn’t able to resume that level of filming after a recovery period.

  12. Sarah Alspach   June 25, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Quit it with the rumors. Mr. Ford will still be in episode 7.

  13. MissAnthropy   June 25, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Since it’s been 30 years, they could easily make an injury part of the story. Or they could use clever filming with body doubles for any standing shots of Ford. This would even be an instance where CGI wouldn’t be an overused gimmick.

    Star Wars fans have been craving a continuation of this story since 1983, and writing out one of the central characters from the get-go would be horrendously foolish.

  14. Cristina Willigs   June 25, 2014 at 7:33 am

    tom is a great actor doesnt matter how appealing is he because of his public persona, he is just amazing and handsome, and about his personal issues, nobody is perfect

  15. Jason Asante-Appiah   June 25, 2014 at 6:02 am

    im with you andy. They should put the film back if necessary. The fact there’s talk about writing him out is foreboding.

  16. David Petty   June 25, 2014 at 5:50 am

    Best news of the day. #Trekkie

  17. Michael Bradford   June 25, 2014 at 5:08 am

    Tom cruise is a money hungry tart.

  18. Andy   June 25, 2014 at 3:53 am

    I may not even watch the film if ford is replaced, and i’m a huge star wars fan.

  19. Cj Coots   June 25, 2014 at 1:08 am

    I agree with Scott Doherty have ford in a brace would not be the same with out him

  20. Truth   June 24, 2014 at 10:13 pm


  21. Scott Doherty   June 24, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Its been 30 years, Han Solo could of suffered a war injury. So he walks around with a brace.

  22. Gossip Cop   June 24, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    The story is WRONG. Tom’s own people tell Gossip Cop the rumor is NOT true: Tom Cruise is NOT Doing “Star Wars” – here’s the EXCLUSIVE from Tom’s people:

    • Douglas Cobb   June 24, 2014 at 8:25 pm

      I honestly could not tell you for sure what Tom Cruise plans to do or not do, but several sources, including the last two that I cited, say that Cruise did meet with J.J. Abrams in London, and other execs. He reportedly also received a permit through Parliament to film there.

  23. GreenHellBilly   June 24, 2014 at 11:59 am

    ……why not rewrite the story and include the broken leg as part of the movie?! It was done before for Mark in Empire Strikes Back.

  24. ...   June 24, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Thinking about this…. you send Han off in the Millennium Falcon to get something or someone… to return in the next movie. Putting off the eventual reunion until another time, but adding another plot line tying to the next flick and adding something to look forward to in the following movies instead of everything in one.

  25. Douglas Cobb   June 24, 2014 at 10:25 am

    That is not true at all. Tom Cruise did fly out to England, he did meet with J.J. Abrams about doing a cameo role, and he vey likely will do one. So, he will be in the movie, unless someone above Abrams nixes the idea. As far as Harrison Ford goes, there has been talk about what to do, and one of the possibilities is to write the role of Han Solo out of the script, rather than to postpone the movie from its scheduled opening date until later. So, it could very well happen that both Cruise would be in the movie, and Ford would be out of it. I hope that Ford will still be in it, but he might not be.

  26. Walkie   June 24, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Complete troll of an article with no basis in fact. Congrats. You got me to click.

  27. Jeff   June 24, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Why don’t they just write the injury into the story?

  28. hijk   June 24, 2014 at 12:46 am

    Lucas was done with the saga anyway. The least he could do is get back at his haters by giving Star Wars to Disney and JJ Abrams (who they praised to high heaven, but will soon see who is worse than Lucas).

  29. Curtis Jackson   June 23, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Lol what a ludicrous notion. Han Solo is of course going to be in the movie and I bet Tom Cruise just got to visit the set because he knows JJ…and he’s Tom Cruise. Funny he’s so big on science fiction. I wonder if that’s like a religious experience for him (Scientology)

  30. Townsen   June 23, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    If this article was meant to piss people off then you did good.


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