It wasn’t his ankle that Harrison Ford fractured on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII—it was actually a bone in his leg.
The word comes as part of a new announcement from Ford’s publicist, Ina Treciokas, that has revealed that surgery was necessary to repair the damage.
“Harrison Ford’s left leg was broken in an accident. His surgery was successful and he will begin rehab shortly,” she said in a statement. “He’s doing well and looks forward to returning to work.”
Exactly when he returns, however, is unknown. Producers of the J.J. Abrams-directed Star Wars film have been reorganizing the schedule to shift Han Solo’s remaining scenes until later in the shoot, while still keeping the film on track for its Dec. 18, 2015 release date.
A lot will depend on how quickly Ford recovers, how smoothly his rehabilitation goes, and how athletic his remaining scenes are. With a broken leg, it could easily take up to two months to heal, and then there is likely to be some atrophy of the muscle.
When Robert Downey Jr. broke his ankle on the set of Iron Man 3, the shoot was halted for a month and a half, resuming in October 2012. The film still went on to meet its planned May 2013 release date.
That window was much shorter than the one Star Wars is working under, and Star Wars has more characters than Solo to focus on (although his is a major role). With that in mind, it’s unlikely the sci-fi film will be postponed even if there has to be a pause in shooting while Ford recovers.
In a pinch, though, he could always ride in a net on Chewbacca’s back, C-3PO style.