Harrison Ford May Miss 8 Weeks Of Filming 'Star Wars Episode VII' Due To Broken Ankle
The 71 year-old actor's recent injury caused by a hydraulic door could cause a major headache for director J.J. Abrams.
Harrison Ford's broken ankle could cause major disruption of the filming of 'Star Wars Episode VII.'
The injury, which occurred on June 12th, may side-line the 71 year-old for up to 6 to 8 weeks, according to new reports.
Ford's ankle broke while he was shooting in the U.K. when a spaceship fell onto his leg.
Ironically it was his character's own ship's hydraulic door, from the famed Millennium Falcon, that caused the damage.
"The initial day or two after the accident it was hard to move things around but now we have had more time we can juggle things, bring some scenes forward and push others back," an insider with the production told The Mirror.
Adding, "There are lots of other actors in the movie so it is not a disaster. We are still confident the film can stay on schedule."
The source also confirmed that Ford will not be returning to set, at Pinewood Studios, for at least six weeks while he recuperates as "the main priority is making sure he is OK."
The injury must have been severe due to the veteran Hollywood star being airlifted to a nearby hospital to receive treatment.
"Harrison Ford sustained an ankle injury during filming today," a spokesperson for Disney said in a statement. "He was taken to a local hospital and is receiving care."
Despite one of the main characters missing nearly two months of shooting, Lucasfilm and Disney reiterate that filming will continue as planned and there should be no setbacks.
The other two original cast members, Mark Hamil and Carrie Fisher, have joined Harrison to reprise their iconic characters in the J.J. Abrams-directed film. Newer members of the cast include Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong'o, 'Girls' actor Adam Driver, 'Lord of the Rings' star Andy Serkis and Swedish actor Max von Sydow.
Other details are being kept tightly under wraps, but we do know that the plot will take place 30 years after 'Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.'
Ford could miss two months of filming