Harrison Ford injured on set of new 'Star Wars' movie
Published 13/06/2014 | 07:18
Disney has said that the actor was taken to hospital in London after he sustained an injury to his ankle while filming.
The 71-year-old has begun recuperating and is expected to be back on set in the coming weeks.
"Harrison Ford sustained an ankle injury during filming today on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII," Disney said in a statement.
"He was taken to a local hospital and is receiving care. Shooting will continue as planned while he recuperates," it added.
It was reported that Ford, who will reprise his famous role as Han Solo, was injured while filming by the door of the spaceship Millennium Falcon.
He was taken by air ambulance to hospital in Oxford.
It is understood the actor was in agony as he was taken away. The set of Star Wars will now be checked for safety.
A police spokesman said: "We were called to Pinewood Studios at 5.05pm after reports of a 71-year-old man being injured by a garage door."
A health and safety investigation has also been launched into the incident.
Very little is known about the plot for the highly anticipated JJ Abrams directed film. It has been kept a closely guarded secret.
However, a number of the stars of the movie were named in recent weeks.
They included Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson, along with John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong'o, Max von Sydow, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker.
It has also been revealed that the film is set 30 years after Return of the Jedi.
The film will be the first Star Wars title released by Disney, after creator George Lucas sold the rights to the franchise in 2012.
It will see the return of the three principal characters from the original trilogy - Luke Skywalker, Princess Lei, and Han Solo.