Now that the “Tom Cruise is replacing Harrison Ford” rumour has died down, the latest version is that, according to the New York Post, Oscar Isaac will have his role expanded in Episode VII while Ford recuperates from his injury.
Isaac’s role in the film is unknown, though early speculation was that he is playing a Han Solo-type character. The Post quotes two sources:
“They are now beefing up Oscar’s role to be bigger with Harrison injured,” said a source familiar with the project that’s currently shooting at London’s Pinewood Studios.
Another “Star Wars” source told us: “Shutting down the movie is impossible,” and, “The basic story line will not change that much.” The source said no characters were being dramatically expanded, but “the order of filming scenes could be shifted” to work around Ford’s absence.
Disney have denied the rumour of Isaac’s role being expanded, stating, “This is categorically not true.” However, out of all the weird and wonderful gossip to come in the wake of Ford’s injury, this one strikes me as the most plausible. Perhaps Isaac’s role isn’t being expanded per se but the script is being tweaked so that Isaac can do some scenes Ford may have done otherwise. Who knows?
What’s possible is that they may be looking at folding back in elements from Michael Arndt’s draft such that the younger cast may see more screen time after all. It’s all conjecture at this point.