Star Wars

Harrison Ford hurts ankle on set of new Star Wars film in London

PUBLISHED : Friday, 13 June, 2014, 11:07pm
UPDATED : Friday, 11 December, 2015, 6:38pm

Actor Harrison Ford is recovering after being injured on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII and taken by helicopter to hospital for treatment.

Ford, 71, hurt his ankle while filming at Pinewood Studios on Thursday, Disney spokesman Paul Roeder said.

Filming will continue while Ford recovers.

Thames Valley Police said in a tweet that police responded to an incident where "a 71-year-old man was airlifted to hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening".

A second tweet said the mishap "is believed to have involved a garage door".

Vanessa Davies, a unit publicist for the Star Wars film, said any reports that Ford suffered other injuries as well were untrue.

The actor is reprising his role as Han Solo in the highly anticipated Disney reboot of the Star Wars franchise, directed by J.J. Abrams and scheduled for release in December next year.

It is the first of three new films that will continue the saga created by George Lucas, after Disney purchased Lucasfilm in 2012 for US$4.05 billion.

The film's plot has been kept a secret, but Abrams has said that the cast would include Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Andy Serkis and Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o.

The movie is set 30 years after Return of the Jedi, which was released in 1983.