Actor Harrison Ford was injured when a hydraulic door fell and hit him while filming for the latest installment of the “Star Wars” series, on Thursday, according to a representative for The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS).
The 71-year-old actor, who is reprising his role as Han Solo in “Star Wars: Episode VII,” hurt his ankle while filming at Pinewood Studios, in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, about 20 miles west of central London. The actor was airlifted to John Radcliffe Hospital, about 40 miles northwest of the studio.
"Harrison 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,” Lucasfilm, the production company of the film, reportedly said in a statement, according to BBC. "Shooting will continue as planned while he recuperates."
A source told The Hollywood Reporter that the door that reportedly injured Ford was “the door of the Millennium Falcon, the spacecraft that his character pilots in the original films, and looks to be making a return in the sequel."
According to reports, the Health and Safety Executive has launched an investigation into the incident, while it remained unclear when Ford would resume filming for the J.J. Abrams space thriller.
Ford has been working in the film along with original cast members including Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker. Newcomers including Lupita Nyong'o and Gwendoline Christie have also been signed for the film, which is scheduled for a Dec. 18, 2015 release.