Production on Lucasfilm’s long-in-development Indiana Jones 5 has suffered its first setback, with franchise star Harrison Ford sustaining a shoulder injury while rehearsing for one of the film’s many fight sequences. Further details about the severity of the 78-year-old actor’s injury hasn’t been disclosed. However, it might potentially be on the minor side as filming on the fifth and final installment hasn’t been disrupted yet and is expected to continue, while Ford receives treatment and recovers from the injury.
“In the course of rehearsing for a fight scene, Harrison Ford sustained an injury involving his shoulder,” a Disney representative said in a statement (via Deadline). “Production will continue while the appropriate course of treatment is evaluated, and the filming schedule will be reconfigured as needed in the coming weeks.”
This isn’t actually the first time that Ford had suffered injuries while filming high-profile projects. During the production of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2014, his long-awaited return as Han Solo wasn’t as smooth as everyone had hoped for, when Ford suffered a major leg injury caused by a freak accident on the set of the Millennium Falcon. Another one is during the production of Blade Runner 2049 in 2016, where he hurt his hand by accidentally landing a real punch on Ryan Gosling.
Indiana Jones 5 will star Harrison Ford as he reprises one of his most iconic roles as the titular explorer along with Emmy and Golden Globe winner Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who has signed up for the female leading 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 being directed by Oscar nominee James Mangold (Logan) from a new screenplay he is co-writing with Jez and John-Henry Butterworth, who collaborated on Ford v Ferrari. Mangold took over the director’s chair last year after Steven Spielberg had exited his directorial duties for the film. Despite his exit, he will still remain part of the film’s production as a producer.
Indiana Jones 5 will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, original franchise director Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, and Simon Emanuel, with John Williams returning to score the film, continuing a musical journey that began 40 years ago with Raiders of the Lost Ark.
The untitled project is currently scheduled to be released on July 29, 2022.