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It's not immediately clear whether this is good news or bad news. Star Wars: Episode VII will not be delayed, according to numerous sources close to the production. While shooting continues, it seems to be a known fact that director J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy have both been pushing for a May 16, 2016 release date. But Disney refuses to budge and plans to keep their December 18, 2015 release date firmly in place.

Shooting had begun in early May, and the production seemed to be moving along just fine. That was until actor Harrison Ford had his leg slammed in the cockpit ramp of the Millennium Falcon. At first it was being reported that he broke his ankle. Disney and Lucasfilm remained cagey about the incident, only later revealing that Harrison Ford broke his leg, and needed surgery, which would put him out of commission for 8 weeks. This led to many reports that production was being delayed altogether.

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Harrison Ford is reprising his role as Han Solo and is the protagonist in the movie. Which is certainly cause for concern. Multiple new reports claim that Han Solo will actually be on a mission to find a missing Luke Skywalker, gathering a search party and taking them on a galaxy-wide hunt for the Jedi Master.

Here is a new synopsis that has popped up online, though it hasn't been confirmed by Disney or LucasFilm.

Old smuggler Han Solo takes a group of new characters on a journey across the galaxy to find an old friend who has gone missing.

That seems to be the central plot of the story. With Harrison Ford out of commission, J.J. Abrams has had to rearrange some of the actors' schedules and shoot things out of order.

More plot details have arrived, giving some idea about the B storyline in the movie, which involves John Boyega's character, currently going by Thomas, and Daisy Ridley's character called Rachel. These names are subject to change. Here is what Making Star Wars believes they know about the plot:

We have heard that Thomas starts the film on the side of the villains. Thomas is shot down over Tatooine and he is injured from the crash. The things we heard from Abu Dhabi about a crashed ship is rumored to have been Thomas' fighter. Rachel rescues him from the wreckage and the elements of the sandy planet. Over the course of their "unlikely pairing," Thomas sees the reality of the universe and he defects from the side of the villains and decides to help Rachel for saving his life. However, things are not easy for the character because unlike most of the rebels we've met in the series, none were traitors, they were always on the side of right from the beginning. However, it appears Rachel and Thomas have an innocent flirtation in their first film with hints at romance in the future episodes. I often hear Thomas is a Jedi in the film, but I am beginning to think he might start that journey midway through Star Wars: Episode VII, which is why he has a lightsaber according to many reports.

All of this is to be taking as rumor at this point. That said, what do you think of the current state of affairs on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII? Should the movie be delayed?

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