Harrison Ford: I admire J.J. Abrams

Harrison Ford said the reason he returned to 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' after three decades was to work with pal and director J.J. Abrams

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Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford returned to 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' so he could work with filmmaker J.J. Abrams.

The 73-year-old actor - who is close pals with the movie's director - jumped at the chance to star in a film led by the sci-fi buff, 49, and was also swayed by his character Han Solo's relationship with new young stars Daisy Ridley, 23, who plays Rey and John Boyega, also 23, who portrays Finn.

Asked what brought him back, he said: "I think it mostly lay in the telling of the stories of his relationships with other characters in the story. And the part he plays in the progression of the story, mostly through his relationships with the new young actors - Daisy Ridley and John Boyega principally in this new story.

"And it had to do with the opportunity to work with my friend J.J. Abrams, whose work I have admired for a long time."

Elsewhere, the 'Indiana Jones' legend - who hasn't played Han Solo in more than three decades - said he didn't rely on "nostalgia" for his part in the forthcoming flick.

He told BBC News: " I don't think nostalgia is very useful to me. There is a story to be told, there's behaviour to create or to bring to the screen that will help tell that story, and nostalgia is just not really a big part of my emotional package anyway."

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  • 5 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 136 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: JJ Abrams
  • Written by: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt
  • Cast: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker
  • UK release: 17 December 2015

From the ashes of the Empire, the villainous First Order rises up to destroy Luke Skywalker (Hamill) – but where is he? Fans can rejoice: Episode VII is sensational and surprisingly emotional, with a finely-crafted script and effects that never overpower the performances. Star Wars is back in a big way.

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