What happened to Harrison Ford? New Indiana Jones film put on hold for 3 months

Production halts to a standstill after star's injury during UK shoot, likely to resume only in September


                            What happened to Harrison Ford? New Indiana Jones film put on hold for 3 months
Actor Harrison Ford visits Build Series to discuss the movie "Blade Runner 2049" at Build Studio on September 27, 2017 in New York City (Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)

Production on the fifth Indiana Jones film has come to a halt after star Harrison Ford injured himself on set. According to reports, the injury is quite serious meaning the actor will be out till at least September. Production will resume in the UK when he does return but in the meantime, the cast and crew will have little to do.

Ford recently made headlines for his 'whacky' speech at the 2021 Oscars. He left fans worried after his unusual speech for Best Film Editing, which referenced his 1982 classic 'Blade Runner'. Despite being nearly 80 years old, the star isn't shy about being involved in action films. In 2020, fans rooted for Chris Pratt to take on the mantle of Indy, after a deep fake video. However, that never came to be, with Ford resuming his long-running role for the fifth film.

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Age does appear to be catching up to Ford though. While he's taken on some daring stunts in the past, his latest project does appear to be a tough task. On June 23, Disney confirmed Ford was injured on set in the UK but didn't reveal the severity of the injury. Now, we know it is a serious matter.

Actor Harrison Ford attends the 'Morning Glory' UK premiere at the Empire Leicester Square on January 11, 2011, in London, England (Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

 

What happened to Harrison Ford?

The veteran actor reportedly suffered a shoulder injury on the set of the film, directed by James Mangold. "In the course of rehearsing for a fight scene, Harrison Ford sustained an injury involving his shoulder," Disney said in a brief statement at the time. The company did not go into details, so we don't know what exactly happened to him. However, it does appear to be serious. 

Earlier, Disney said, "production will continue while the appropriate course of treatment is evaluated." Filming was expected to be impacted for a few weeks, but The Sun has revealed it is now a matter of months. The injury is so severe, Disney has been forced to put production on hiatus for "at least three months". An insider told the paper, "after the initial delays everyone was raring to go. But now Harrison is injured and it is worse than first thought." 

Production is expected to resume only in September, given the complex schedules and biobubbles needing to be maintained. "It was not what anyone was expecting so to have to change everything is a huge blow. Everyone was concerned for Harrison and they are glad he is on the mend," the insider said. Reportedly, Ford required surgery, but The Sun did not reveal if it was done, or yet to happen. In the meantime, the cast and crew will have to wait for 12 agonizing weeks before they can get back. 

Harrison Ford attends "The Expendables 3" premiere during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2014, in Cannes, France (Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

 

"It is Harrison’s last outing as Indiana and everyone thought it would be plain sailing," the source said. Unfortunately, it seems fans will have to wait longer for the highly anticipated film. It was initially scheduled to begin production in 2020 but pushed back due to the Covid-19 outbreak. It is unclear at the moment if the injury will push back the release date - tentatively scheduled for July 28, 2022. 

Ford is no stranger to injuries. Throughout the years he's been to the hospital numerous times after mishaps on set. In 2014, he sustained an ankle injury while filming 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'. While filming 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom', Ford ruptured two disks in his back, and tore an ACL while shooting 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'. 

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