Harrison Ford has been injured on the set of Star Wars. The actor injured his ankle on Thursday, and was taken to a local hospital…
A statement from Disney reads: “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.”
A source tells THR that the actor, who reprises his role as Han Solo from the original franchise, was injured by the door of the Millennium Falcon, the spacecraft that his character pilots in the original films, and looks to be making a return in the sequel.
It looks like the injury is really serious:
A source close to the production tells The Hollywood Reporter Ford broke his ankle.
There are all kinds of reports circulating that make it sound like Harrison Ford got mashed in that trash compactor in the original Star Wars. It’s not as bad as what’s being reported, I’m told, but Ford has a fractured ankle. This is a painful break for him, and a tough break for the movie, because he’s such an integral part of the plot.
Some more rumors about the injury from unconfirmed sources:
A source on set said Ford, known around the world as Han Solo in the original Star Wars trilogy, collided with the metal door whilst he was performing a stunt for the sci-fi film.
The source added: “Harrison was hit by the door and looked in a bad way and was clutching his chest when he was on the stretcher.
“He is one of the biggest stars in Hollywood and no chances were being taken so he got straight into a helicopter and was taken away in a lot of pain. His foot was damaged too.
“The cast and crew were sent home for the day, even though it was 5pm and the beginning of a night shoot.
“Harrison’s injury and what happened is going to mean changes to the schedule and problems and issues that need to be solved. But the main thing at the moment is making sure Harrison is OK.”
The actor was spotted shopping just hours before the incident:
The actor was taken by air ambulance to the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford with a suspected fracture in his ankle. It is understood he has no major chest injuries but is awaiting results of further tests.
A spokesman for Thames Valley police said: “We were called just after 5pm to reports of a 71-year-old man being injured in an incident believed to involve a garage door.
A spokesman for Lucas Films has said the actor is in “good spirits” after his shocking accident on set.
Access Hollywood spoke to Ford’s son, Ben Ford, who said that his dad will possibly need a plate and screws put into his ankle.
He also speculated that filming of the J.J. Abrams movie could be altered slightly, with the crew needing to shoot the actor from the waist up for a short time until he recovers.
Harrison Ford has spent a second night in hospital after being injured while filming the news Star Wars movie at Pinewood Studios.
The actor broke his ankle and had to be airlifted to hospital in Oxford where he has been treated for his injury.
A publicist for the film told Sky News they were: “Hoping to announce some good news soon.”
Ford, 71, was reported to have been hurt when the door of the Millennium Falcon fell on him.
A spokesman for Ford’s wife, the Ally McBeal actress Calista Flockhart, told The Daily Telegraph she was flying out to the UK to be with her husband.
Disney spokesman Paul Roeder said filming would continue on schedule while Ford recovers.
Harrison Ford will miss as many as eight weeks of filming on Star Wars: Episode VII after the actor broke his ankle on set, a source close to the production has confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
Ford was taken to a hospital after injuring his ankle on Thursday, but shooting will continue in his absence. THR’s source added that Episode VII is still expected to make its Dec. 18, 2015 release date.
8 weeks is a pretty normal period for this kind of injury. Let’s hope there’s nothing else as some gossip sites suggested.