How Harrison Ford's 'The Force Awakens' Injury Helped Rey/Finn Relationship in 'Star Wars'

By Nobelle Borines | Apr 20, 2016 04:25 PM EDT
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Remember how Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega) went from complete strangers to instant friends and allies once they boarded "the garbage" in Star Wars: The Force Awakens? It turns out that director J.J. Abrams had other plans for the characters when they initially worked on Episode VII. However, a delay in the shooting due to Harrison Ford's injury actually helped get the scenes rewritten!

Abrams recently attended the Tribeca Film Festival, where he spoke to IGN about how Han Solo saved the day with his broken ankle.

"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," Abrams admitted, stating that the relationship between the characters seemed wrong.

"It was much more contentious," he said. "I didn't direct it right. It was set up all wrong."

Things may have been completely different between Rey and Finn in The Force Awakens, until a certain stuck up, half-witted, scruffy-looking Nerf herder had an accident.

"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," Abrams shared, revealing that he decided to reshoot the Falcon scenes with Ridley and Boyega.

"When we came back to work again, we actually just reshot from the ground up, those scenes," he confessed. "It was an amazingly helpful thing to get these two characters to where they needed to be."

It's hard to imagine how differently Rey and Finn would have been if The Force Awakens was not delayed. Nevertheless, it looks like Ridley and Boyega share a similar friendship as they rap about working on Episode VII.

Rey and Finn will return in Star Wars Episode VIII, which is scheduled for release on December 16, 2017.

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