Harrison Ford has been taken to hospital after being injured on the set of the film Star Wars: Episode VII.

Disney said the 71-year-old actor was being treated for an ankle injury that happened during filming today.

The Star Wars sequel is being filmed at Pinewood Studios outside of London.

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Ford is one of the several original Star Wars stars returning to the J J Abrams-directed sequel. He's joined by fellow alums Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Peter Mayhew.

A representative for Ford was not available for comment.

Disney said shooting will continue as planned while Ford recuperates.