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.”
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.