Breaking news from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII – Harrison Ford has been injured and is receiving treatment at a local hospital. Disney released this a statement:
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.
Whew! So it isn’t overly severe, though an ankle injury can range from a sprain to a broken bone, we’re hoping it’s nothing too serious. The Hollywood Reporter is citing a source who claims Ford injured his ankle on the door of the Millenium Falcon (seen here being reconstructed), which – assuming the injury isn’t serious – is pretty fuckin’ funny.
Ford, 71, may be the oldest of the original trio (Carrie Fisher, 57 and Mark Hamill, 62) but he’s also remained the most active, still appearing in roles that require a good amount of action and physical exertion. However, an on set injury is likely to bring out any detractors who still believe Ford is too old to reprise Han Solo. But considering Han Solo has been confirmed as a co-lead, Disney, J.J. Abrams and co. wouldn’t have hinged the fate of this film on an actor too old or unfit for what’s required.
Filming will continue on Episode VII while Ford is convalescing. We here at Nerd Bastards wish Ford the speediest of recovery and can’t wait to see Solo back in the cockpit. Though we do suggest some new safety regulations be implemented on the Falcon.
More news as it develops, but in the mean time, do you believe this injury could affect filming on any of Ford’s remaining scenes? Will Solo be using space crutches?