‘Star Wars’: Harrison Ford’s leg was broken in filming mishap

June 19, 2014 | 12:55 p.m.
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Actor Harrison Ford, who was cast as Han Solo in the original "Star Wars" trilogy. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

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Two women have joined the cast of "Star Wars: Episode VII": Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o, left, and Gwendoline Christie.

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"Inside Llewyn Davis" actor Oscar Isaac has been tapped to join the "Star Wars: Episode VII" cast. Click through to see who else scored a role in the film. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

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Actress Daisy Ridley, relatively new to the acting scene, has also landed a role in the upcoming film "Inbetweeners II." (Matthew Brooks)

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Actor Adam Driver, best known for his work in the HBO comedy "Girls." (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

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Actor John Boyega, best known for playing Moses in the sci-fi flick "Attack the Block." (Tim P. Whitby / Getty Images)

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Actor Max von Sydow, who received Academy Award nominations for his work in "Pelle the Conqueror" and "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close." (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

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Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson, who played Bill Weasley in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." (John Phillips / Invision / Associated Press)

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Actor Andy Serkis, best known for motion capture acting for roles such as Gollum in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, and Caesar in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images)

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Actress Carrie Fisher, best known for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the original trilogy. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

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Actor Mark Hamill, best known for his portrayal of Luke Skywalker in the original trilogy. (Stephanie Cornfield / For the Times)

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Actor Anthony Daniels, best known as C-3PO in the original "Star Wars" trilogy. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

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Actor Kenny Baker, best known for portraying "Star Wars" robot R2-D2, left, and actor Peter Mayhew, best known for portraying Chewbacca in the original trilogy. (Keith Hamshere / Lucasfilm Ltd)

Contrary to the initial reports that he had suffered a broken ankle on the set of “Star Wars: Episode VII” last week, Harrison Ford actually broke his leg in the accident.

“Harrison Ford’s left leg was broken in an accident. His surgery was successful and he will begin rehab shortly. He’s doing well and looks forward to returning to work,” Ford’s publicist said in a statement.

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There is no word yet on whether this will affect the initial timetable of the eight weeks Ford was expected to miss from shooting while he recovers.

Reprising his role as the dashing antihero Han Solo in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming film, Ford was injured in a mishap with the door of the Millennium Falcon, Solo’s iconic spaceship, last week and taken to a local hospital.

Filming is to continue in Ford’s absence, with a cast that includes fellow “Star Wars” veterans Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker. Newcomers to the franchise include Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Domhnall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong’o and Gwendoline Christie.

“Episode VII” is the first of a planned trilogy of films set 30 years after “Return of the Jedi,” and features a screenplay penned by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan. The film is set to open Dec. 18, 2015.

Disney and Lucasfilm are planning multiple spinoff movies from the “Star Wars” story line, the first of which will be directed by Gareth Edwards (“Godzilla”) and is scheduled for release Dec. 16, 2016. The second is to be directed by Josh Trank (“Chronicle”), with a release date yet to be announced.

– Justin Sullivan and Oliver Gettell | @LATHeroComplex

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