There's bad news coming from the set of Star Wars Episode VII. Harrison Ford has reportedly suffered an injury to his ankle during the production of the highly anticipated sci-fi film and was taken to a local hospital to be treated. According to the report, the injury somehow involved the Millennium Falcon. Shooting will resume while the actor recovers.
The Hollywood Reporter shared the news today, along with a vague statement from Disney about the situation, which apparently won't delay the film's production:
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
THR's source says the injury was caused by the door of the Millennium Falcon, but no further specifics on how the injury happened were mentioned beyond that The Millennium Falcon is the ship Harrison Ford's character Han Solo piloted in the original Star Wars trilogy. Though official details on the film aren't exactly plentiful, people are hopeful (or expecting) to see the Millennium Falcon in the followup.
From the few details given about Ford's injury, it's hard to know just how severe this injury is, and whether the hospital trip indicates that it's a serious situation or just a precaution to make sure he wasn't hurt badly. Either way, our thoughts go out to Harrison Ford for a full and speedy recovery!
Star Wars Episode VII officially began production last month, though we have a while to wait for this movie to hit theaters. The scheduled release date is December 18, 2015. Since Star Wars Episode VII began production, there's been an issue of set photos being leaked online. This prompted director J.J. Abrams to issue a response in the form of a Tweet and photo.
We know that the plot of the film will pick up three decades after the events of Return of the Jedi. Beyond that, few details about the story and new characters have been officially revealed thus far. In addition to returning stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker, Star Wars Episode VII will add a number of new actors to the franchise, including the recently cast Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie, as well as ohn Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow.