‘Star Wars: Episode VII’: Will Oscar Isaac’s Role Expand Due to Harrison Ford’s Injury?

By June 25, 2014
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Another Wednesday, another Star Wars: Episode VII rumor. It’s hard to keep them all straight. Some are silly, some are speculation. This one, however, could certainly be true. As you probably know, Harrison Ford was injured on the set by a piece of the Millennium Falcon a few weeks back. Originally he was said to have an injured ankle, but it turned out to be a broken leg. This could keep Ford in recovery for 6 months, according to an a report. (Not confirmed, of course, though photos of Ford in a wheelchair recently made the rounds.) This lead to speculation about Disney pushing the release date of the film from December 18, 2015 to May, 2016. No one from the studio has confirmed or denied this.

Today we have a rumor (there’s that word again) saying that, because of Ford’s injury and the production delays it may cause, Oscar Isaac’s role may be expanded. Now, this is coming to us from the New York Post’s gossip column, Page Six, so you have to take it with a rock-sized grain of salt.

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According to the site, “they are now beefing up Oscar’s role to be bigger with Harrison injured.” Disney is denying this, telling the same site that, “This is categorically not true.” Well, that’s that — expect that, if they’re not going to change the release date, which has always seemed rushed to me personally, something drastic may have to be done. (That is, of course, if Ford’s role is as large as has been reported.) Numerous sources have said that Han Solo is the driving force of the film, and if Ford is going to be out that long…well, it’s hard to shoot an action hero from the waist up for most of the shoot.

Would you care if they pushed the release date? I’d rather see that than have the story compromised. I’ve adored Oscar Isaac since I interviewed him for Robin Hood. I was blown away by his performance in Inside Llewyn Davis. I was thrilled to hear that he’d be in this film, but I’m one of those fans that really wants a ton of the original three – at least in the first of the new films. I’d say that Disney is going to tell people something soon if we didn’t have notoriously secretive J.J. Abrams as the director. Leave your thoughts below.

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Jenna Busch
Jenna Busch is the co-host of 'Cocktails With Stan' with the legendary Stan Lee. She's a host and writer who's passionate about Star Wars, fantasy and geek culture. Jenna is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and a board member of the Broadcast Television Critics Association (BTJA). She has appeared on G4's "Attack of the Show," and "Fresh Ink," as well as appearing with Wil Wheaton on the premiere episode of "Tabletop." She's got two stories published in the comic anthology "Womanthology" and has done a series of terrifyingly perky voice overs. She also owns far too many swords and lightsabers.