Late last week news came out of the now in production Star Wars: Episode VII that Han Solo himself had sustained an injury. Poor Harrison Ford suffered an ankle injury when a door of his favourite ship, The Millennium Falcon, fell on him. Disney released a statement a few days ago, saying:
“Harrison Ford sustained an ankle injury during filming today on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII. He was taken to a local hospital and is receiving care. Shooting will continue as planned while he recuperates.”
When first announced, the injury did not seem all that serious, and Ford, who has a major role in JJ Abrams’ film as Han Solo, was expected to be back filming after a short rest.
News broke yesterday that actually Ford’s injuries are more serious, and he will now be out of action for 6-8 weeks as he has actually broken his ankle.
However, filming will continue, and rather than delay shooting, production are shifting things around a bit to keep the film moving.
Sources close to the film told The Mirror:
“The initial day or two after the accident it was hard to move things around but now we have had more time we can juggle things, bring some scenes forward and push others back. There are lots of other actors in the movie so it is not a disaster. We are still confident the film can stay on schedule”
“At the moment it looks like Harrison is going to be off set for 6-8 weeks but the main priority is making sure he is OK.”
Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the Saga Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.
Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.