Harrison Ford is recuperating after surgery to heal a broken leg suffered during production on Star Wars: Episode VII.
The actor’s publicist said Thursday that Ford is doing well after surgery and will soon begin rehab. Ford was injured a week ago during filming of the much-anticipated sequel at Pinewood Studios outside of London.
The accident involved a spacecraft set’s door falling on the 71-year-old actor’s leg. Ford’s Han Solo pilots the Millennium Falcon, which is returning in Episode VII.
Disney has said that shooting is continuing while Ford recuperates. He is expected to be sidelined up to two months.
Ford is one of several original Star Wars stars returning to the J.J. Abrams-directed sequel. He is joined by fellow alums Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Peter Mayhew.
The driver of a tractor-trailer that plowed into a limousine van carrying comedian Tracy Morgan and several friends, killing one and severely injuring Morgan and two others, was speeding in the final moments before the crash, according to a preliminary report released Thursday.
Wal-Mart driver Kevin Roper was going 65 mph in a 45 mph zone just before the June 7 crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, according to the National Transportation Safety Board’s report. The crash killed 62-year-old James McNair of Peekskill, New York.
The NTSB used the truck’s electronic engine-control system to calculate how fast Roper was driving.
Among celebrity birthdays today: Actor Martin Landau is 86. Actress Olympia Dukakis is 83. Actor Danny Aiello is 81. Actor John Mahoney is 74. Musician Brian Wilson is 72. Home repair show host Bob Vila is 68. Singer Lionel Richie is 65. Actor John Goodman is 62. Bassist Murphy Karges is 47. Actress Nicole Kidman is 47. Actor Josh Lucas is 43. Singer Amos Lee is 37.