A galaxy far, far away will return to the big screen around the end of 2015, with the release of co-writer/director J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the seventh live-action film installment in the Star Wars blockbuster franchise. Force Awakens features longtime series veterans Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford as cast members, though the film will reportedly focus on introducing a younger generation of heroes (played by Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac) and new villains (Gwendoline Christie, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson) to the property.
Nonetheless, the seasoned Star Wars actors are expected to get their fair share of screen time in Force Awakens, in particular that of Ford as an older Han Solo. The actor suffered an injury on set during the film's production, when a hydraulic door (part of the movie's Millennium Falcon practical set) fell on his leg. It turns out Ford wasn't the only person who was injured that day.
Abrams, when he appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (see the above video) to promote the film Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (which Abrams produced), revealed that he actually cracked one of his vertebrae when he scrambled to help get said hydraulic door off Ford on the Force Awakens set. The injury was apparently not too serious, as Abrams was able to return to work on the next Star Wars movie, with the assistance of a body brace. All the same, the news that Abrams literally broke his back making the seventh Star Wars film is certain an anecdote worth remembering (as is his Woody Allen impression during his Daily Show appearance).
Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm are collaborating to revive Star Wars on the big screen, with Abrams helping to lead the charge by directing Force Awakens, based on a script that he co-penned with Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi screenwriter, Lawrence Kasdan. Abrams' involvement with the franchise as anything more than a producer might be over after Force Awakens (whereas Kasdan is already set to co-write a young Han Solo film), but if all goes according to plan Abrams will have been instrumental in breathing new life into the franchise to begin with.
The filmmaker has also been doing his fair share of Force Awakens promotional work too, between his convention appearance and helping out with a charity contest set around the movie. Right now, the public outlook is quite optimistic that Abrams' (again, literal) back-breaking efforts - and those of his collaborators - will prove to have not been in vain, when the new Star Wars movie hits the scene.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18, 2015, followed by Star Wars: Rogue One on December 16, 2016, Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26th, 2017, and the Han Solo Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX does not have an official release date yet.
Source: The Daily Show