How much this will effect filming is up in the air for the moment, but Variety is reporting that “Harrison Ford has been injured on the set of Disney and LucasFilm’s new Star Wars movie.” The article is credited to Variety Staff, but is quoted here in full:
“According to Disney, the 71 year-old actor was hospitalized after sustaining a bad ankle injury during filming on Wednesday.
‘He was taken to a local hospital and is receiving care,’ the statement reads.
Ford was at Pinewood studios in England when a hydraulic door reportedly fell down and hit him, possibly fracturing his ankle.
He was airlifted to a hospital shortly after the incident.
The J.J. Abrams-directed “Star Wars: Episode VII,” co-starring Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, will continue shooting at Pinewood Studios while ‘Han Solo’ gets treatment.”
Ford was notoriously injured while filming Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and most of a major stunt scene was filmed with doubles (it’s the scene where he’s fighting Pat Roach on the ore grinder). That movie turned out well, but filming on Star Wars VII hasn’t been going long with him, so it’s unknown how much more he had to film.
This sounds like a door crashed down unexpectedly. Maybe CGI-ing that door, as they were in The Phantom Menace, might be an option to put back on the table.
My fingers are crossed that it’s not serious and he’ll have a speedy recovery.
Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer’s Guide with “It’s Bound to Happen!”, he reviewed comics for TrekWeb, and he currently reviews Trek comics for TrekCore.com. He’s taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for two, and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.