Robo-Ford to play Han Solo…? (updated)

We can rebuild Harrison Ford digitally. We have the technology. We can make him better than he was. Better, stronger, faster, more intense.

A couple of days ago, I wrote the following:

This sounds slightly crazy, but technology has progressed so far that a mix of CGI techniques and script tweaks should result in a film very close to what was intended.

Well, Jeffrey Wells at Hollywood Elsewhere has just posted the following:

A director friend who knows people says he’s “hearing on pretty good authority they’ll be using CGI to put Harrison Ford’s face on a body double, probably his usual stunt double, so he’ll be able to complete his Star Wars, Episode VII role no matter what the state of his recovery will be.”

Meanwhile, Jedi News are saying that production is currently “in the middle of a two-week hiatus” while a Plan B is devised. A source of theirs claims that “there is no sense of panic whatsoever” with the crew and indeed they actually “seem supremely confident that they are working on and achieving great things ”

And there really is no need to panic as fans, either. Any work using doubles will be minimal and seamless, and if Han is in the Falcon cockpit for half the movie (which is actually quite possible) we have even less to worry about. Much of the talk regarding the use of doubles is no doubt worse-case scenario contingency planning, should Ford’s recovery be on the longer side of things.

Let’s wait for the finished film before worrying about what may not even be an issue.

UPDATE: Like any good pirate, Ford is now using a peg-leg. The director of business development for the crutch manufacturer told People that Ford believes he will be out of commission for “about a month.”

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