JJ Abrams film recommences after Ford's on-set leg injury forced a shutdown of production
JJ Abrams's film downed tools for two weeks after Ford, who is reprising his iconic role as Han Solo from the first three Star Wars films, was sidelined due to an injury on set. The 72-year-old star required surgery to his left leg, but looked in fine fettle at the Los Angeles premiere of The Expendables 3 on Monday night. The accident, which took place at Pinewood Studios near London on 12 June, reportedly took place when a hydraulic door from the Millennium Falcon spacecraft fell on the actor.
Episode VII is shooting in preparation for a December 2015 release date. Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Ford will return to the classic roles of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo from the original trilogy, which hit cinemas between 1977 and 1983. A number of saga newcomers, including Attack the Block's John Boyega, Lord of the Rings' Andy Serkis and Ingmar Bergman regular Max von Sydow, have also joined the cast.
As well as Pinewood, Abrams has been shooting in the deserts of Abu Dhabi. There have also been reports that film crews have visited Puzzlewood in the Forest of Dean, where TV shows such as Merlin, Dr Who and Atlantis have been shot, and Skellig Michael, a tiny island off the coast of Ireland.
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