‘Star Wars’: Harrison Ford’s Broken Leg May Delay ‘Episode VII’

By June 23, 2014

Star Wars: Episode VII may be delayed because of Harrison Ford’s broken leg, according to a rumor from UK-based site Jedi News. According to the site, there was an emergency meeting about this very thing this morning at Pinewood Studios, where the film is currently being shot. To be clear, we do not have studio confirmation on this, but the report states the Ford’s injuries are worse than previously reported and my have him out for “six months, possibly a lot longer.”

So, what does this mean for production? It could mean that the December 18, 2015 release date that had so many people (including me) wondering how the heck they could get a film like Star Wars done in so little time, may have to be pushed back. It could also mean rewrites that could shrink Ford’s role.

Ford’s injury, which happened on the set and involved the door to the Millennium Falcon, is also rumored to cause the actor’s return to the USA for a while. Again, please note that this is all still rumor at the point, and there are a lot of those floating around, especially after photos of Ford in a wheelchair surfaced. The site MakingStarWars claims that a note went around talking about changes in scheduling, but there wouldn’t be any changes made to the script. Lucasfilm then told TheForce.net that there would be no changes to the release date.

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If they did change the release date, and production is delayed for 6 months, it’s a possibility that the film could be released in May 2016, which Star Wars purists would likely appreciate as May is the traditional Star Wars release month. If that happens, it would be up against Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, X-Men: Apocalypse, and Captain America 3. Stiff competition, but it is Star Wars, after all. It’s unlikely to fail against anything.

What do you guys think? Should they rewrite Ford’s role or push the film back? Let us know in the comments.

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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.
  • It would be a huge blow for Disney to not have Episode VII hit in December of 2015 as planned. Think of the merchandising cash they’d lose during the holiday season! It seems like that would be such a massive amount of money that they’ll do anything to make sure they hit that date. But we’ll see how it plays out…