Word is making the Internet rounds that filming is about to resume later this month for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII. The production came to a screeching halt when Harrison Ford was injured on set back in June. Well, not really, there was still plenty of production happening while Ford was laid up, but now it looks like Ford will be returning to the set at the end of this month.
We, and the rest of the world have all been following Ford’s recovery since the accident happened. Here’s a gallery of some of the pictures, starting with his arrival at the hospital, three pictures of Ford using his leg crutch, and finally the last photo with Ford making his way to that golf cart on his own two feet just week ago at the airport:
Ford also looked great at the Expendables 3 premiere a couple of nights ago:
Looks like Ford is just about ready to get back to work. We don’t expect him to run down any corridors chasing stormtroopers, but he should be good to sit in the cockpit and fly the Falcon with Chewie.
We got another conceptual look at what we might be seeing in Star Wars: Episode VII was design artist Tom Hodges posted his sketch of the new Stormtrooper helmet he saw on his Instagram account, which was later taken down. The Internet being what the Internet is though, we’ve got an image here:
What do you think? It’s not that big a departure from the original. Let’s compare starting with the Ralph McQuarrie concept from 1975, the actual helmets in Star Wars: A New Hope, The Clone Trooper version in Episodes 1 through 3, the new animated Stromtrooper in Star Wars: Rebels, and the Hodges sketch:
I can see that there should be changes when you consider the time difference in the movies. 30 years of rebellion will bring about some changes. We really won’t know until we get the first on set picture of a helmet, but that is unlikely since J.J Abrams and crew are going to extreme lengths to keep things under wraps until they want us to know.
Domhnall Gleeson (Harry Potter’s Bill Wesley), pictured above recently talked about the secrecy on the set:
When you walk from your trailer to the set- you’re in Pinewood Studios- you have to put on a big, black cloak thing to cover all your clothes, like full length, ’cause they’re worried about people seeing costumes and stuff, it’s crazy.
Here’s a shot of a black cloaked actor/extra making his way between studio buildings, notice those distinctive white boots?
Looks like Stormtrooper boots to me. I imagine they won’t let them wear the armor outside, so we might not get a shot of the new helmet until the powers that be want us to.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Untitled Star Wars Movie is scheduled to hit theater screens December 18th, 2015.