Since the last time we saw Han Solo on the big screen way back in 1983 in Return of The Jedi, Star Wars fans have always said they’d kill to see Harrison Ford return to the part of the cocky, heroic space pilot. However, it appears that Star Wars has nearly killed Harrison Ford.
Disney released a statement yesterday confirming that the seventy one year old had suffered a broken ankle and chest injuries as he was crushed by a mechanical door. The spokesman said “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.”
It is believed that the mechanical door was in fact the cargo bay door on the Millenium Falcon, so the ship that meant the world to Han Solo could be finding its way to the nearest scrap pile in a fit of space rage.
Although Star Wars is set in a galaxy far, far away, it seems even they have strict health and safety policies, and the Health and Safety Executive has been informed and are investigating the incident. A spokesperson said “We have been made aware of an incident at Pinewood Studios and are making initial enquiries.”
Due for release in December 2015, Star Wars:Episode VII is being directed by JJ Abrams, and is set to feature many of the old characters from the original trilogy, played by Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker and Peter Mayhew. There’s also a whole new legion of actors entering the Star Wars world, including Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie and Max Von Sydow.
Although filming is said to still be continuing on schedule, this will surely be a worry for Abrams, and may affect the December 2015 release. Let’s hope the force is with Harrison Ford (as well as some strong pain killers) as he recovers at the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxfordshire.