|US actor Harrison Ford.|
Veteran actor Harrison Ford was hospitalised on Thursday after suffering an ankle injury on the set of the new “Star Wars” movie in Britain.The 71-year-old suffered a “bad ankle injury” when a hydraulic door reportedly fell and hit him at Pinewood Studios outside London, according to industry journal Variety. He was airlifted to hospital.
A Disney studios spokeswoman did not confirm those details, but said that Ford “sustained an ankle injury during filming today on the set of ‘Star Wars: Episode VII.'””He was taken to a local hospital and is receiving care. Shooting will continue as planned while he recuperates,” she added in a statement.Filming began in May on the new episode of the iconic franchise, directed by blockbuster filmmaker J J Abrams.Original cast members Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker star in the new film, due for worldwide release on December 18, 2015.Ford is back as smuggler Han Solo, 62-year-old Hamill will return as Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker and Fisher, 57, reprises the role of Princess Leia.Other cast members include Max von Sydow, Oscar-winning Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o, “Game of Thrones” star Gwendoline Christie, as well as John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis and Domhnall Gleeson.The movie’s screenplay is written by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams.Disney recruited “Star Trek” and “Mission: Impossible III” director Abrams in a bid to re-create the magic from the original trilogy: “Star Wars,” “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi.”