It’s no surprise Han solo has been one of the most interesting characters in Star Wars history, but when Ford injured his ankle on the set of the Millennium Falcon during Star Wars: The Force Awakens, J.J. Abrams had just enough time to reconsider the original script and thus made some important changes.
While speaking at the Tribeca Film Festival, Abrams had been asked many questions, including (what he later clarified) Rey’s parentage. However, when he was speaking on Ford’s injury it was in terms of the relationship between Rey and Finn. The script originally had the components of a stand-offish relationship between the heroine and rogue Storm trooper. Personally, I’m glad that the down time allowed Abrams to reconsider, rewrite and re-shoot the scene.
“When I was on the set of the Millennium Falcon and we started to do work with Rey and Finn, the first time we did it, it didn’t work at all. It was much more contentious. I didn’t direct it right. It was set up all wrong, and when Harrison Ford got injured — which was a very scary day — we ended up having a few weeks off, and it was during that time that I really got to look at what we had done and rewrite quite a bit of that relationship. So when we came back to work again, we actually just re-shot from the ground up, those scenes. It was an amazingly helpful thing to get these two characters to where they needed to be.”
Abrams was also quoted saying that Ford’s injury was a “blessing in disguise” and (Sorry Harrison!) I have to agree. I cannot even begin to think of Rey and Finn being anything other than what they are and I’m excited to see where this path takes them! December 2017 seems like an eternity away!