Harrison Ford recovers, Episode VII filming resumes

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford’s performance as Han Solo in the original 1970s Star Wars movies cemented them as classic space operas.

Star Wars: Episode VII had to halt filming and take a 2-week hiatus earlier in August, when Harrison “Han Solo” Ford broke his ankle. The culprit? His trusty Millenium Falcon spacecraft! Ford has now completed surgery and Episode VII will continue wielding lightsabers, blasters, and the Force on its way to the December 18, 2015 release date.

Disney, who owns Lucasfilm, is working hard to make sure the new Star Wars flick lives up to the high standards set by its Marvel films. With sci-fi veteran director J.J. Abrams at the helm, who nailed the new Star Trek movies, chances are the return to a galaxy far, far away will be a legendary one indeed. Then, if you look at the incredibly successful and wildly entertaining Guardians of the Galaxy, I have the utmost faith in Disney to pull off the heartfelt adventure and lovable characters that made the original trilogy so good.

When Ford hurt himself back in June, Disney’s representatives explained, “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.” Now, a spokesperson says, “His surgery was successful and he will begin rehab shortly.” In fact, the 71-year-old actor is “doing well and looks forward to returning to work,” where he’s once again playing the wisecracking spice smuggler.

Featured image courtesy of Lucasfilm. Image of Harrison Ford courtesy of Georges Biard on Wikimedia.