Last week, while filming Star Wars: Episode VII, Harrison Ford suffered an on-set ankle injury; reportedly, he broke his ankle, but Disney (who now owns the franchise) will only confirm that he’s been hurt, not that he’ll need to recover from a fracture. Harrison Ford is reprising his role as Han Solo from episodes four, five and six (the original films.)
On Friday, Ford had to be airlifted to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford after a hydraulic door fell on him. At the time of the incident, he was filming just steps away from his character’s famed Millennium Falcon spaceship, but it’s unclear whether the door was part of the ship or a garage door, as other reports suggest.
An official spokesperson for the film says the 71-year-old star’s injury won’t affect the expected 2015 release of the film, explaining that Harrison, “was taken to a local hospital and is receiving care. Shooting will continue as planned while he recuperates.”
It’s great for Disney to say that the movie won’t be delayed, but production only began a month ago, Ford plays a major part in the film, and recovery from a broken ankle can take up to eight weeks, especially for an older man who needs to be ready to perform high energy moves in order to keep playing the part of Han Solo.
So, while no release delays are currently expected, Harrison Ford better watch out for angry fans as he sits on the sidelines, recovering from his injury. This Houston podiatrist knows that recovering from an ankle injury is hard enough without a fan army (or anyone else for that matter) pushing you to return to your former activity level before you are fully ready. So please, Harrison, take your time to heal, even if it means we have to wait one more month to see the newest Star Wars.