Star Wars fans are known for their deep love of the franchise; it’s time to brace yourselves, fans, because it seems the newest installment of the franchise is dealing with a few minor issues. Following an accident on the set of the latest Star Wars film, actor Harrison Ford is out of commission for as many as eight weeks. Han Solo himself lost the battle with a hydraulic door on the set of the movie resulting in a crushed ankle and several days in the hospital.
It’s hard to believe that Ford is 71-years-old, but age doesn’t seem to have any effect on the actor’s injuries. His ankle is slated to heal on its own, but the timeframe it will take for this to happen is roughly two months. This injury is a minor one, but the healing process is lengthy. This means the Star Wars set is being re-imagined, re-arranged, and schedules are changing drastically.
Fortunately for Star Wars fans and the timetable for the movie’s release, it doesn’t appear that Ford’s injuries will halt the filming schedule or anticipated release date of the movie. According to a source on set, the adjustment immediately following Ford’s accident had the cast and crew scrambling, but since then they’ve managed to re-work the schedule to allow time to shoot scenes not involving Ford first so that the bulk majority of his scenes can be pushed back further into the healing process. There are hundreds of actors and actresses in the film, which allow for creative filming to take place while Ford recovers from his injuries.
Reports state that Star Wars: Episode 7 is scheduled for release during the summer of 2015. Ford will reprise his role as Han Solo. Filming began earlier this year and is expected to take several months, perhaps a bit longer if Ford’s ankle doesn’t heal in the allotted time frame.
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