Harrison Ford is “doing well” after breaking his ankle on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII last month, but the production is taking a two-week hiatus in August due to schedule adjustments while the actor is out of action.
Ford, 71, is using a large leg brace, and an update on the Star Wars website says he “is looking forward to returning to the set soon.” Deadline reports that Ford is undergoing physical therapy for the next few weeks.
While Ford recuperates, the film has added two new cast members, who were picked after an open casting call across the U.S. and U.K. that attracted almost 70,000 applicants.
Crystal Clarke, an American actress who is set to appear in the Pierce Brosnan film The Moon and the Sun next year, and British actor Pip Andersen, whose parkour skills were featured in a 2012 Spider-Man ad for Sony, are joining the cast of the film, which is due out in December 2015.
“The Star Wars universe has always been about discovering and nurturing young talent and in casting Episode VII we wanted to remain absolutely faithful to this tradition,” said producer and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. “We are delighted that so many traveled to see us at the open casting calls and that we have been able to make Crystal and Pip a part of the film.”