Harrison Ford recovering well from broken leg injury on Star Wars: Episode VII set
Story by Jack Foley
HARRISON Ford is recovering well from the broken leg he suffered on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII.
The US actor’s publicist Ina Treciokas said in a statement: “His surgery was successful and he will begin rehab shortly. He’s doing well and looks forward to returning to work.”
Ford, who is reprising his role as Han Solo for the film, was airlifted to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford after the accident, which had initially been broken as a leg injury and then an ankle break.
According to various reports, the injury is reported to have happened while Ford was filming a scene involving his character’s spaceship, the Millennium Falcon.
A spokesman for South Central Ambulance Service told the BBC that they had responded to an incident involving “a door that had fallen”.
Shooting has continued in Ford’s absence and the injury is not expected to have any impact on the film’s release date, which is currently scheduled for December 18, 2015. Ford himself may miss up to eight weeks of the shoot though.
Ford, now 71, is shooting under the direction of filmmaker JJ Abrams in England along with the rest of the cast of Disney and Lucasfilm’s highly-anticipated project, which extends to Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker from the original sci-fi trilogy.