Production on Lucasfilm’s long development Indiana Jones 5 suffered her first setback, with franchise star Harrison Ford injuring her shoulder while rehearsing for one of the film’s many fight sequences. More details on the severity of the 78-year-old actor’s injury were not disclosed. However, this could potentially be minor, as filming for the fifth and final installment has yet to be interrupted and is expected to continue, as Ford receives treatment and recovers from the injury.
“During rehearsals for a fight scene, Harrison Ford sustained a shoulder injury,” a Disney representative said in a statement (via Deadline). “Production will continue while appropriate processing is evaluated and the filming schedule will be reconfigured as necessary in the coming weeks.”
This isn’t the first time Ford has suffered injuries while filming high-profile projects. When manufacturing Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2014, his long-awaited return as Han Solo was not as smooth as everyone had hoped, when Ford suffered a serious leg injury from a freak accident on the set of the Millennium Falcon. Another is during the production of Blade Runner 2049 in 2016, where he injured his hand accidentally hitting Ryan Gosling a real punch.
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Indiana Jones 5 will star Harrison Ford as he reprise one of his most iconic roles as the titular explorer with Emmy and Golden Globe winner Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who signed up for the lead female role. The final installment will also feature the introduction of franchise newcomers Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Kretschmann, Boyd Holbrook and Shaunette Renée Wilson, who have been cast in undisclosed roles.
The long-awaited film is directed by Oscar nominee James Mangold (Logan) of a new screenplay he co-wrote with Jez and John-Henry Butterworth, who collaborated on Ford vs. Ferrari. Mangold took over the director’s chair last year after Steven Spielberg stepped down as director for the film. Despite his release, he will continue to be part of the film’s production as a producer.
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Indiana Jones 5 will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, original franchise director Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall and Simon Emanuel, with John Williams returning to mark the film, continuing a musical journey that began 40 years ago with The Raiders of the Lost Ark.
The untitled project is currently slated for release on July 29, 2022.