News of the stoppage comes after Disney initially said filming
would continue on schedule while Ford recovered. But shooting is
on track to wrap up in the fall, the studio said, and the
release date remains December 2015.
"In August, the team will take a brief two-week hiatus while
adjustments to the current production schedule are made as actor
Harrison Ford recovers from a leg injury," Disney said in a
statement posted on Sunday on the website StarWars.com.
Ford, 71, was injured on the set of the reboot of George Lucas'
blockbuster "Star Wars" franchise last month during filming in
England. The best actor Oscar-nominee for his role in "Witness"
in 1986 is reprising his role as Han Solo in the film that is
being directed by J.J. Abrams.
Actress Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill will also reprise their
roles in the film and will be joined by Oscar-winner Lupita
Nyong'o, Andy Serkis, Adam Driver and Oscar Isaac.
Disney also announced that two new actors, Briton Pip Andersen
and American Crystal Clarke, who were selected from more than
37,000 people during open casting calls, will have roles in the
It is the first of three new movies that will continue the saga
created by George Lucas, after Disney purchased Lucasfilm in
2012 for $4.05 billion.
(Reporting by Patricia Reaney; editing by Mary Milliken and
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