Han Solo is back in the cockpit.
Star Wars: Episode VII has officially resumed shooting at Pinewood Studios outside of London after taking a brief hiatus due to the on-set accident that broke Harrison Ford’s leg on June 12. Since his character is a major part of the Episode VII story, this caused massive upheaval for the film schedule, which had to be reshuffled in the midst of production while the 72-year-old star recuperated.
As part of that reorganization, photography was placed on hold for two weeks this month, but the entire cast and crew returned to the U.K. this week and the film is officially going, well … full Force, according to sources close to the project.
Despite dire predictions that Ford’s injury would sidetrack him (and the movie) for as much as six months, the athletic actor proved to be far more resilient and was spotted back on his feet (sporting a hands-free leg crutch) just a few weeks after the accident, in which part of the set of the Millennium Falcon fell and struck him, fracturing the bone in his left leg.
Even more recently, he walked the red carpet for The Expendables 3, waving and smiling at photographers while strolling by with a barely perceptible limp. He also made an ALS ice bucket challenge, uploaded six days ago, which shows him in shorts and sneakers, with no evidence of leg atrophy or even a support cast. His rep told EW today that he hasn’t started shooting his own scenes yet, but will be soon.
Throughout Ford’s recovery, Lucasfilm and parent company The Walt Disney Co. have insisted that the Dec. 18, 2015 release date of the movie would not need to be altered. Photography is set to continue until mid-fall, and many cast members have continued to work this summer on scenes that haven’t required Ford’s presence.
Although he has been out of it for a little while, hopefully his other cast members haven’t gotten delusions of grandeur.