Harrison Ford Injured on ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ Set; Filming to Continue

Published 11 months ago by , Updated June 12th, 2014 at 7:41 pm,

Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford in the Empire Strikes Back Harrison Ford Injured on Star Wars: Episode 7 Set; Filming to Continue
If the only thing more exciting to Star Wars fans than the news that Disney had acquired Lucasfilm with the intention of releasing a new Star Wars movie every year, was the fact that fan-favorite director J.J. Abrams was directing a script with input by The Empire Strikes Back scribe Lawrence Kasdan, even that was trumped by the reveal that the stars of the original trilogy are reprising their roles in the still-yet-to-be-subtitled Star Wars: Episode VII.

We’ve seen a slew of Star Wars updates and rumors in the last month, starting with the official reveal of the cast, which includes gifted up-and-comers like Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver and John Boyega alongside the returning Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford. The most recent of these suggest that the new film could pivot around a female – possibly Sith – villain, and that J.J. Abrams regular Simon Pegg could appear in Episode VII.

On the heels of that rumor comes a piece of hard news which fans will likely find distressing. THR reports that Han Solo himself, Harrison Ford, has been injured while filming in London.

According to a statement from Disney:

“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.”

star wars episode 7 millennium falcon Harrison Ford Injured on Star Wars: Episode 7 Set; Filming to Continue

The 71-year-old Ford was apparently “injured by the door of the Millennium Falcon,” although there are no details available as to what kind of scene he was shooting. We’d like to imagine that the ever-sprightly Ford – who still does as many of his own stunts as he can – was hurt while diving on board the ship and simultaneously blasting at bounty hunters, but he may simply have tripped.

Still, it sounds like Ford’s injury is relatively minor, and will not affect the shooting schedule. We’ve seen plenty of set images and plot rumors by now that tease the major role that both Han Solo and his beloved Millennium Falcon have to play in the next installment of the Star Wars saga, so it’s heartening to hear that Ford will likely not be waylaid for too long.

While some other reports suggest that John Boyega and Daisy Ridley are two of the film’s main leads, the return of Luke Skywalker (Hamill), Princess Leia (Fisher) and scene-stealer Han Solo will be the main draw for several generations of Star Wars fans. Let’s hope this report is the last of its kind.


Star Wars: Episode VII opens in theaters on December 18th, 2015.

Source: THR

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  1. As the Falcon stands considerably taller than Solo he can’t simply dive on board unless you mean dive onto the loading ramp below the Falcon.

  2. #OldManProblems

    • Help, I’ve fallen and can’t get back up to the light side

  3. Just an honest criticism for SR, I get tired of trying to find the real story/details in all the fluff and repetitive news bits from weeks past. The headline is about Ford getting hurt. Paragraph 1 is a rehash of the history of new Star Wars movies being made. Paragraph 2 is a summary of updates on the current movie. Finally we get to the 2 sentences related to the headline followed by the all-important quote from Disney. That’s followed by 3 paragraphs of unnecessary speculation.

    This is all particularly annoying for RSS subscribers since the SR feed is truncated and the part you can read is never the part you want to see (it’s always somewhere buried in the middle). I still enjoy this site, but I’d rather get facts than rehash and endless speculation.

    • I agree with the above post

      • To expand further, a little background on a new movie isn’t a bad thing, I like context. But when there’s a post or two every day about DC or Marvel or Star Wars and we get the same rehashed summaries every time, it’s pretty annoying.

        • Even if it’s a property that isn’t discussed multiple times per day or week, there’s no reason SR can’t lead off with the actual news relating to the headline before diving into the other tangentially related content.

          • The story summaries visible from the home page are spot on. I always read those before jumping into a story. It’s perfect, but I can see that maybe being an issue for someone using an RSS feed. Maybe there’s a way to set the RSS feed to contain that instead of the opening paragraph of the article.

            I only use feedburner, so I don’t know if/how that can be done via anything else, but that may be what you’re looking for.

        • I agree completely.

    • Agreed. That’s why I always go to SuperHeroHype before I come to Screenrant, because they get to the point on similar stories. I do not mind reading a lot more content on Screenrant, but sometimes Screenrant, just needs to get to the point, lol. And as you mentioned, they do get repetitive at times.

    • I agree. Sometimes the stories SR posts are too full of fluff. Mostly, information thats already been mentioned before, like you said.

  4. Ditto.

  5. Star Wars Episode VII: A New Hop

  6. Don’t worry folks, the Force is strong with Harrison


    • Said Abrams to Ford.

  8. It’s just a flesh wound

  9. Our NHS will be taking care of Han Solo, I’m not sure they have any carbonite left though :)

  10. Apparently he broke his ankle. Ouch, I can relate. That will take him at least two months and rehab until is back to normal. Hopefully he’ll recover nicely and the movie’s schedule isn’t affected too much.

  11. I heard this morning on the news and then found an article from this morning online also that he “broke” his ankle, not just an “ankle injury”, when a hydraulic door (they said on the news I heard on the radio a “garage door”) fell on him.
    Hate to hear this. I know he will get the best care available, but I’m sure he is going to chomping at the bit to get out of the hospital and get back to work.
    They also mentioned about him having back surgery during filming of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and that his stunt double, that looked so much like him that people on set frequently mistook him for Ford, filled in for some of his scenes filmed during that movie while he was recuperating. I wonder if that person is still around and still looks like Ford enough to do the same thing here?

  12. I wonder if bacta tanks are available on the NHS.

  13. Han fell first.

  14. This could be the best excuse to push back the release date to Summer 2016. Memorial Day 2016 sounds like a good move. Warner Bros stuck its tail between its legs and ran the last time Disney put the Avengers out against Man of Steel.

  15. Han broke first

  16. Leg broken, serious hand injury, 8 weeks to recover. Production may be delayed. Minor injuries… Really. Apparently it was an horrific incident.

  17. Why the heck would anyone want to see a 70 year old Han Solo cracking lines and flying a space ship? I guess the same morons who wanted a 65 year old Indiana Jones. Cancel it already.