Han Solo just got hurt. But he’s going to be okay.
This just in from the Star Wars: Episode VII set:
Harrison Ford has injured his ankle while shooting the movie and was taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation.
Sources close to the project say that doctors are currently evaluating whether it is a sprain or a break. It is not considered to be a seriously debilitating injury.
Filming of the J.J. Abrams-directed Episode VII will continue while Ford recuperates, according to Lucasfilm. Since the extent of his injury is still unknown, it’s impossible to tell when the 71-year-old Ford will be able to return to filming. Sources close to the project have told EW that Solo is a major character in the movie, not merely a supporting part, so his participation will be vital.
But … so will his recovery. When Robert Downey Jr. suffered an ankle injury on the set of Iron Man 3, shooting had to be postponed for roughly a month and a half. But special effects work continued apace, and that movie didn’t miss its May 2013 release date despite the accident.
UPDATE: This short statement just came in from Lucasfilm:
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.
The Indiana Jones actor is known as a rugged outdoorsman, and although he often specifies that he doesn’t do “stunt work,” meaning the riskier kind of action shots, he does enjoy participating in “physical acting,” the term he prefers for the kind of leaps, fights, and falls that filmmakers (and insurance companies) are willing to let a movie star act out on his own.
Here’s hoping whatever laid him low doesn’t keep him down.