Production is underway on Star Wars Episode VII but the release date–already pretty far away at December 18, 2015–could be pushed back because of a recent injury to star Harrison Ford, who is reprising his role as Hans Solo in the upcoming film.
Ford broke his leg while filming and underwent surgery.
“His surgery was successful and he will begin rehab shortly.” Ford’s publicist Ina Treciokas said in a statement.
“He’s doing well and looks forward to returning to work.”
But Ford will be out for at least a little while and that could lead to the film’s release date being pushed back, sources told Jedi News.
A meeting was called among producers and other management to discuss the situation, “but the early word is that production of the film could be pushed back by a substantial amount of time” the blog said.
However, Licasfilm told The Force blog that “There is no change in the release date.”
The other latest rumor is that Tom Cruise may have a cameo, although this rumor seems less unlikely.
Harrison Ford healing after surgery on broken leg
NEW YORK (AP) — Harrison Ford is recuperating after surgery to heal a broken leg suffered during production on “Star Wars: Episode VII.”
The actor’s publicist said Thursday that Ford is doing well after surgery and will soon begin rehab. Ford was injured a week ago during filming of the much-anticipated sequel at Pinewood Studios outside of London.
The accident involved a spacecraft door falling on the 71-year-old actor’s leg. Ford’s Han Solo pilots the Millennium Falcon, which is returning in “Episode VII.”
Disney has said that shooting is continuing while Ford recuperates. He is expected to be sidelined up to two months.
Ford is one of several original “Star Wars” stars returning to the J.J. Abrams-directed sequel. He is joined by fellow alums Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Peter Mayhew.