Well, that could be a problem.
Harrison Ford's leg is broken, and there's been constant talk about how and to what degree this would affect production for the new Star Wars. We've heard about the how, but we were surprised to hear this latest rumor as to what degree. Turns out Han Solo might be a much, much bigger part of Episode VII than we originally thought.
Apparently, according to multiple outlets, Han Solo isn't just a star, he's the star of the first film, which will involve old Han taking the new gang on a quest to find an old Jedi chum of his who's vanished. A Jedi with a powerful Sith father. A Jedi with only one ha-OK IT'S LUKE SKYWALKER.
So Harrison Ford being down for the count is kind of a huge deal.
But rather than focus on the negative, let's look at one other rumor surrounding part of the new cast, this one coming out of Making Star Wars:
We have heard that Thomas starts the film on the side of the villains. Thomas is shot down over Tatooine and he is injured from the crash. The things we heard from Abu Dhabi about a crashed ship is rumored to have been Thomas’ fighter. Rachel rescues him from the wreckage and the elements of the sandy planet. Over the course of their “unlikely pairing,” Thomas sees the reality of the universe and he defects from the side of the villains and decides to help Rachel for saving his life. However, things are not easy for the character because unlike most of the rebels we’ve met in the series, none were traitors, they were always on the side of right from the beginning. However, it appears Rachel and Thomas have an innocent flirtation in their first film with hints at romance in the future episodes. I often hear Thomas is a Jedi in the film, but I am beginning to think he might start that journey midway through Star Wars: Episode VII, which is why he has a lightsaber according to many reports.
Thomas and Rachel are said to be temporary names for the characters played by John Boyega and Daisy Ridley, respectively. This makes for a bit of a reversal on the Anakin story, favoring a bit of a "bad boy turns good, saves the day, and gets the girl" situation. Which has a bit of a Han Solo vibe to it, but not to the degree that we'd say the Star Wars movies have already pulled this move before.
And as for delaying filming? Well, apparently while both J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy want to delay the film to May 4, 2016, Disney's chairman and chief executive, Bob Iger, has apparently told them that absolutely cannot happen.
So! A lot is happening in that galaxy far, far away. Let's just hope Abrams and company managed to pull it all together.
(via Comic Book Movie)