Harrison Ford injures ankle on ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ set

June 12, 2014 | 12:06 p.m.
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Actor Harrison Ford, who was cast as Han Solo in the original "Star Wars" trilogy. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

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Two women have joined the cast of "Star Wars: Episode VII": Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o, left, and Gwendoline Christie.

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"Inside Llewyn Davis" actor Oscar Isaac has been tapped to join the "Star Wars: Episode VII" cast. Click through to see who else scored a role in the film. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

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Actress Daisy Ridley, relatively new to the acting scene, has also landed a role in the upcoming film "Inbetweeners II." (Matthew Brooks)

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Actor Adam Driver, best known for his work in the HBO comedy "Girls." (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

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Actor John Boyega, best known for playing Moses in the sci-fi flick "Attack the Block." (Tim P. Whitby / Getty Images)

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Actor Max von Sydow, who received Academy Award nominations for his work in "Pelle the Conqueror" and "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close." (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

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Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson, who played Bill Weasley in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." (John Phillips / Invision / Associated Press)

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Actor Andy Serkis, best known for motion capture acting for roles such as Gollum in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, and Caesar in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images)

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Actress Carrie Fisher, best known for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the original trilogy. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

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Actor Mark Hamill, best known for his portrayal of Luke Skywalker in the original trilogy. (Stephanie Cornfield / For the Times)

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Actor Anthony Daniels, best known as C-3PO in the original "Star Wars" trilogy. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

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Actor Kenny Baker, best known for portraying "Star Wars" robot R2-D2, left, and actor Peter Mayhew, best known for portraying Chewbacca in the original trilogy. (Keith Hamshere / Lucasfilm Ltd)

Harrison Ford sustained an ankle injury during filming Thursday on the set of “Star Wars: Episode VII.”

The actor, who is reprising his iconic role as Han Solo in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming film, was taken to a local hospital to treat the injury, according to a statement issued by Disney Thursday.

Filming reportedly will continue as planned while Ford recuperates.

Scheduled for release in Dec. 18 2015, “Star Wars: Episode VII” takes place 30 years after the events of “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi,” with original stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker joining Ford as part of the ensemble cast.

Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega and newcomer Daisy Ridley, in addition to Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson, performance capture expert Andy Serkis and venerable Swedish thespian Max von Sydow, will also star in “Episode VII” as will Lupita Nyong’o, who earned an Oscar for supporting actress earlier this year for her heart-wrenching turn in “12 Years a Slave,” and Gwendoline Christie, who plays the towering fighter Brienne of Tarth on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

(Click through the image gallery at the top of the post for a detailed look at the “Episode VII” cast.

Earlier this month, rumors began to swirl that Han Solo might again be piloting the Millennium Falcon after photos that appeared to feature the famous ship were leaked online.

Abrams took to Twitter to offer a tongue-in-cheek response.

“I wish people would stop leaking photos from Episode VII and making ridiculous claims that the Millennium Falcon is in the movie,” tweeted Abrams from the account for his “Bad Robot” film company.

The only catch? The note on which the message had been written seemed to be sitting atop the holo-chess board from the inside of the Falcon.

The game board is the site of a near-clash between Chewbacca and R2-D2 in “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” before C-3PO intervenes and calmly instructs his robot compatriot to “let the Wookiee win.”

– Gina McIntyre and James Queally

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4 Responses to Harrison Ford injures ankle on ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ set

  1. ted says:

    Heard they closed down production for a year and 1/2

  2. Ej says:

    ***important healing note

    at the moment u start to feel better, wether it’s healing from the flu, shoulder surgery, or an ANKLE INJURY, that’s the moment when u need to rest, not jus sleep but utilize all ur healing practices – go with what u know & don’t wait for the injury to figure out what u need to do when hurt…we are our own worst enemies, & as yoda says, …”(we) must unlearn what we have learned…” Our ability to heal is limited by what we have learned, from our family, our culture, our society, our world – our abilities are limited by generations upon generations of unquestioned practices (in some cases, a family remedy passed down may indeed prove beneficial- fight the good fight and pass these on or they will forever b lost) however, healing & medicine are governed by capitalism where the opposite of healing is perpetuated on many levels – making money, generating more illness to profit from, creating fear & a pill to “cure” it all are the motivating factors, & true healing is non existent…know urself, be true to urself & the universe will provide the healers – who feels it knows it…mr. Ford, pleez stay off the ankle, nothing is worth jeopardizing ur health for (well maybe Star Wars but I digress :) – all the best, hope u have a speedy recovery

  3. John says:

    We've become such a pathetic culture when an actor spraining his ankle is news worthy. Even "entertainment" news worthy.

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