News

Harrison Ford’s injury halts ‘Star Wars’ production

Harrison Ford’s injury halts ‘Star Wars’ production

'STAR WARS:'Filming will be put on hold due to Harrison Ford's injury, but studio bosses insist the film will be kept on schedule. Photo: Associated Press

Production on J.J. Abrams’ highly-anticipated “Star Wars: Episode VII” film will be suspended for two weeks in August as a result of Harrison Ford’s onset injury.

The veteran actor, 71, sustained a broken leg in early June when the door of the Millennium Falcon spacecraft fell on top of him while shooting at the U.K.’s Pinewood Studios.

He underwent surgery and was recently photographed back on his feet with the help of a special supportive crutch, less than three weeks after the accident.

Filming continued in Ford’s absence, but now Disney studio executives have decided to halt production next month to allow Abrams to rework the shooting schedule.

However, Disney bosses insist “Star Wars: Episode VII” is still “on track” to wrap this autumn and will be in movie theaters for its planned December, 2015 release date.

Meanwhile, Abrams has added two new cast members to the film – acting newcomers Crystal Clarke and Pip Anderson – although details about their roles are being kept under wraps.

They join the likes of Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis and original franchise stars Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill in “Episode VII.”

Recent Headlines

in Local

Blood Center Opens New Lab, Administrative Center

blood center hq

CICBC unveils its new headquarters

in Local

Durbin Pushing for Safer Rail Tankers

rail tanker

The U.S. Department of Transportation is looking to enact stricter safety regulations on trains carrying crude oil and ethanol

in Election 2014, Local

Gubernatorial Debates Set; No Springfield Plans

Bruce Rauner (R), Pat Quinn

Illinois' gubernatorial candidates will appear together at three traditional debates before November -- but not in the state capital.

in Local

More Shootings on Springfield’s East Side

RAYMOND CREWS

Another night, another couple of shootings