Harrison Ford has hinted he may not be completely finished with playing Han Solo in the Star Wars films.

Harrison returned as Han Solo for the latest installment in the sci-fi franchise, Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens. However, fans were left shocked when the ageing space smuggler was killed off in the latest movie.

Despite Han's journey in the Star Wars universe seeming to come to a definitive end, when asked by a BBC News interviewer whether he could return as the character the actor said, "Anything's possible in space, and the movies."

Casting rumours have linked the 73-year-old with a possible return, with two possibilities being that he will feature in flashback sequences or appear as a ghostly figure, as deceased characters Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker did in the third film of the original trilogy, Episode VI - Return of The Jedi.

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The veteran action star doesn't have any regrets over his character's death though, saying, "I wanted Han Solo to sacrifice himself for the good of the other characters to bring some gravitas to the story."

One iconic character he will definitely return to is Indiana Jones. It was revealed last week that he will be reuniting with director Steven Spielberg to make a fifth film about the intrepid and daring archaeologist.

Ford revealed that Spielberg's involvement was key to him agreeing to return to the role eight years after the release of the last movie, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

"I've always thought there was an opportunity to do another," he shared.

"But I didn't want to do it without Steven (Spielberg), and I didn't want to do it without a really good script, happily we're working on both. Steven is developing a script now that I think we're going to be very happy with."

Whether or not Ford is set to return as Han Solo, fans will have a while. Star Wars - Episode VIII isn't scheduled for release until 2017. The next Indiana Jones installment expected to hit cinemas in 2019.

- WENN