So Harrison Ford is still not quite sure whether he wants to spark up the Millennium Falcon's hyperdrive one last time and head back into the Star Wars universe. During an appearance on The Graham Norton Show, to air on Friday, Ford knocked back assumptions that he is dead set to play Han Solo once again in JJ Abrams' upcoming Episode VII. "I've not quite made the choice," the Mirror quotes him as saying. Of course, we don't know the context for Ford's comments. The wily old tease may have been mugging for the studio audience, lapping up the howls of disappointment that no doubt followed such a statement. But the 71-year-old action movie star said he would play Indiana Jones once again "in a New York minute". "I don't think there is any barrier to Indiana Jones being an old fart," he said. "I'm old enough that we don't need [Sean] Connery anymore – I'm old enough to play my own father." Ford, who is currently promoting his role in the sci-fi movie Ender's Game, is also taking a … [Read more...] about Harrison Ford: does Star Wars need a septuagenarian Han Solo?
The film-makers behind the big-screen adaptation of Ender's Game have mounted a robust defence of their film in the wake of the controversy generated by pronouncements by Orson Scott Card, the book's author. Card, who until recently was a board member of the National Organisation for Marriage, an anti-same-sex marriage pressure group, and who in August wrote a 3,000-word essay that compared Obama to Hitler, has proved a major embarrassment for the production and has sparked calls for a boycott. Speaking in London at a promotional event for the film, Harrison Ford, who plays Colonel Graff in the sci-fi epic, rejected any suggestion that Card's views are relevant to the content of Ender's Game. Ford said: "This movie doesn't address any of those issues. It was written 28 years ago; it's a very impressive act of imagination that he could predict the internet, and that he could predict drone warfare ... There is nothing in the film or the book addressing his current dispositions, or … [Read more...] about Harrison Ford defends Ender’s Game as ‘impressive act of imagination’
Ford will invest $500 million in electric-car startup Rivian, the companies announced Wednesday, forming a strategic partnership. As part of the deal, the companies will develop an "all-new, next-generation" electric vehicle for Ford, based on Rivian's "skateboard" EV platform.Rivian has so far shown the R1T electric pickup truck and R1S electric SUV, which the automaker hopes to put into production from fall 2020. Both models are built on the company's platform, which looks like a big skateboard and houses the vehicles' batteries, motors and all control electronics, allowing for different types of vehicle bodies to be mounted on top.Ford didn't say what type of vehicle it plans to build with Rivian's platform, noting only that the new model will be in addition to Ford's existing EV plans. The automaker has announced an electric crossover due in 2020 and an all-electric F-150 pickup truck -- both of which are already under development. For its part, Ford previously announced plans to … [Read more...] about Ford invests $500M in Rivian, will build an EV on Rivian’s platform
THERE’S someone in the marketing department at Gillette throwing his breakfast at the wall and screaming at the interns. The reason? Ford has pulled the rug from under them and bagged the perfect name for an electric razor: Mach-E. Not to be confused with a late-night trip for a burger and fries: Maccy D. Joking aside, Mustang Mach-E is the most ground-breaking car to wear a Ford badge since the GT. In typical Ford style, Ford is late to the EV party but it has turned up wearing the best suit. Bosses even hired Idris Elba, who worked at Ford Dagenham before he was famous, to unveil the all-electric SUV in Los Angeles.He said: “I worked at Ford. My dad worked at Ford. It’s practically in my blood. “Working on this project feels like things are coming full circle.” I’ll start by giving you some numbers. How much is Mach-E? From £40,000.How fast is it? Very. The cheapest version packs a solid 258hp, the all-singing GT is a blistering 465hp and will … [Read more...] about Mustang Mach-E is the most ground-breaking car to wear a Ford badge since the GT
The Ford Explorer emerged mewling and blinking sometime during the Cretaceous period. The year was 1990. Pterodactyls dominated the skies above great lumbering beasts, their huge wings blotting out the sun. And from its ancestral birthing ponds of the Louisville Assembly Plant the Explorer clung forth to the silted banks, crawling forward in low gear, dragging its heavy truck frame through the sand, its Eddie Bauer plumage resplendent in anticipation of mating rituals. (Full Disclosure: Ford brought me to Oregon to test drive the Explorer, and eat and stay on the company’s dime.) What Is It? The 2020 Ford Explorer puts this model This will a boon to enthusiasts, who will now have a 400-horsepower Explorer ST to play with if they so desire. This new styling is contemporary: a leering, tapered grille and a downward cant to its roofline, a deceptive touch that makes the whole thing look rakish—a word never heretofore applied to an Explorer. Advertisement There are … [Read more...] about The 2020 Ford Explorer: A Dinosaur Reinvents Itself