‘Indiana Jones 5’ News: Harrison Ford ‘Won’t Be Stopped’ By A Broken Leg, But Still Confirmation On Return To Film Franchise [PHOTO]
He scared fans of both Star Wars and Indiana Jones when he broke his leg on set back in June, but Harrison Ford is reportedly recovering and doing extremely well and could return to filming his action-packed roles shortly.
While walking the red carpet for the U.K. premiere of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy July 25, Ford's Star Wars: Episode VII co-star Mark Hamill talked about the June accident that sent the 72-year-old actor to a London hospital.
"I was not on set. It was really terrible, but I hear he's doing really well," Hamill told the BBC. "It will take more than that to stop Harrison Ford."
Ford broke his leg on June 12 after a door from his character's Millennium Falcon spaceship fell on him. And though rumors of his being replaced in an as-of-yet-unconfirmed Indiana Jones 5 had previously been debunked, his injury sparked a whole new round of rumors that he wouldn't be returning for the franchise should a fifth film be made.
The most persistent rumor of Ford being replaced has involved Twilight star Robert Pattinson, who was reportedly being tapped for the role not only because he was younger, but because he was believed to be more marketable to a teenaged audience.
"Disney is looking at its long-term options for the Indiana Jones franchise," the original rumors stated. "They felt that the series has huge potential on so many levels, starting with the films leading to other spin-offs like games which can generate more money than movies."
However, Pattinson had debunked the rumors himself, telling reporters at a red-carpet event for his film The Rover around the time of Ford's accident that Disney hadn't even approached him about the opportunity.
"I don't know why. Why is that coming out?" he asked when a reporter questioned him about playing the whip-cracking adventurer. "I honestly don't understand what it's all about. Man, I wish!"