After Harrison Ford’s leg injury on set shooting Star Wars: Episode VII, plenty of fans wondered if the production would slow to a halt, as they wait for Ford, who plays Han Solo in the movies, to recover from his injury.
Creators say the production will come to a two week hiatus in August, as they wait for Ford to become fit for the set again. While waiting, principle photography will happen in London at Pinewood Studios, after wrapping up the Abu Dhabi set in May.
The production staff say Star Wars: Episode VII is still on track for December 18, 2015 release date, despite the issue with Harrison Ford not being available. The team will work around it, filling in other parts earlier, until Ford makes a full recovery.
Ford apparently lost his footing while on the stairs of the Millennium Falcon, breaking his leg. The 71 year old actor has been a prime part of Star Wars and will play Han Solo with the rest of the old cast, including Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker and Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia.
This will be the first high-budget Star Wars movie developed by Disney and not by LucasArts, following the acquisition of LucasArts by Disney for $4 billion. Disney moved George Lucas, the CEO and founder of LucasArts, into a Creative Director role.
The lead director for Star Wars: Episode VII will be J.J. Abrams, who has directed Super 8 and the Star Trek movies, amongst other successes. The movie is expected to follow the lives of new main characters, set a generation after the events of the 1977 – 1983 Star Wars movies, known as the sequel to the later movies.
Still, classic faces like Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker will be there, older as they teach the next generation about the force and other things. The plot for the next movie trilogy has not been revealed yet, although rumors circulate about Darth Vader returning.