Some unfortunate news coming out of England this week where shooting is currently underway for Star Wars: Episode VII at Pinewood Studios. Harrison Ford reportedly sustained a relatively serious injury on the set of the film earlier today and was airlifted to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. It is believed that the injury was a result of a hydraulic garage door falling on him and some sources are indicating that it was actually the door of the Millennium Falcon. Bucket of bolts, indeed! Apparently he fractured his ankle and may or may not have been examined for a chest injury as well. Disney, for their part, seems to be downplaying the seriousness of the incident and have released the following statement:
“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.”
While this is sure to raise questions about the wisdom of having a 71-year-old actor as the co-lead of the film, it doesn’t seem like the accident took place during any sort of stunt or action sequence. Either way, you can bet they’ll be a lot more careful about injuring their most valuable cast member again.
In related news, a report has surfaced this week indicating that Simon Pegg was recently spotted in Abu Dhabi where some scenes for Star Wars: Episode VII were being shot. At the moment, this is nothing more than a rumour, but since he already worked with J.J. Abrams on the Star Trek movies and Mission: Impossible III it doesn’t seem to be outside the realm of possibility. Would you like to see Simon Pegg in Episode VII? Do you think Disney made a mistake by giving Harrison Ford such a major role in the film?