The actor was shooting a scene for Episode VII of the film franchise

By K.c. Blumm
June 12, 2014 04:20 PM
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Harrison Ford was rushed to hospital on Thursday after injuring himself on the set of the new Star Wars film.

Ford, 71, is reprising his iconic role as Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode VII and was injured while working.

“Harrison Ford sustained an ankle injury during filming today on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII,” Disney confirmed to PEOPLE in a statement. “He was taken to a local hospital and is receiving care. Shooting will continue as planned while recuperates.”

The injury occurred while shooting a scene aboard the Millennium Falcon, the spaceship his character pilots, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

J.J. Abrams is directing the eagerly anticipated Star Wars reboot, which is set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi and features original stars Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, in addition to Lupita Nyong’o, Adam Driver, John Boyega and Daisy Ridley.

Reporting by MARY GREEN

Harrison Ford Presented with Career Achievement Award