Harrison Ford hospitalized after ‘Star Wars’ set injury

Harrison Ford hospitalized after ‘Star Wars’ set injury

'STAR WARS:'Representatives say Harrison Ford's injury won't impact filming. Photo: Associated Press

(Reuters) – Actor Harrison Ford was injured on the set of “Star Wars: Episode VII” on Thursday and taken to a hospital for treatment, a Disney representative said.

Ford, 71, hurt his ankle while filming at Pinewood Studios, on the outskirts of London, Disney spokesman Paul Roeder said. Filming will continue on schedule while Ford recovers. The actor was taken to nearby John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

Thames Valley Police said on its official Twitter feed 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 2015.

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

The film’s plot has been kept a secret, but Abrams has said the cast will 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.”

(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy in Los Angeles, Additional reporting by Edward Baran in London; Editing by Patricia Reaney and Gunna Dickson)

Recent Headlines

in Local

Butterball is Ready to Help With Turkey Dinner

turkey 2

If you're the type of person that "could make a TV dinner taste like radio," perhaps cooking a turkey isn't exactly in your wheelhouse.

in Local

City Council May Do Away with Ethics Committee

6-30-15 Springfield City Council

The Springfield City Council may do away with

in Local

Springfield Jobless Rate Drops — And More

job apps

Springfield-area Unemployment: 5.1%

in Local

Rauner Issues Pardons

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate businessman Bruce Rauner participates in a Republican gubernatorial candidate debate Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. The four Republican gubernatorial candidates said that they’ll be willing to work with unions if elected but differed on how to approach the relationship during a downstate debate that largely focused on pension reform, taxes and just briefly on personal issues that have dogged some of the candidates.

Rauner granted 10 and denied 200 clemency petitions.

in Local

Springfield Man Convicted of Sexual Assault


Christopher Westfall was convicted in August.