The storyline of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII may be top secret, but its first casualty has already been revealed: as previously reported, actor Harrison Ford hurt his ankle last week while filming. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 71-year-old Ford’s injury involved one of the doors on the Millennium Falcon. At the time it was reported, Ford had been taken to the hospital to get checked out, and the official statement added that “Shooting [on Episode VII will continue as planned while he recuperates.” Well, it turns out that ankle injury is a bit more serious than initially thought, and now we’re left wondering how that could affect Episode VII’s shooting schedule.
Access Hollywood spoke to Harrison’s son, Ben Ford, who revealed that Harrison may require surgery on the ankle, possibly involving the installation of a metal plate and screws. That sounds like the sort of thing that’s going to involve some bed rest before Ford is up to full speed again. The Mirror claims, via an unnamed source, that Ford could be down for the count for six to eight weeks. It’s the Mirror, so taking that with a grain of salt would probably be wise, but it doesn’t sound inconsistent with the other information. Ben Ford has speculated that his father would still be able to continue filming, but that they just might have to limit him to waist-up shots until the ankle is all healed up. Screw that noise, this is science fiction: somebody get that man a Professor X hoverchair! Or at least a bacta tank.