Harrison Ford was injured during the filming of the new episode in the "Star Wars" saga and was taken to hospital, studio Disney told The Hollywood Reporter.

Ford, who turns 72 next month, "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. Shooting will continue as planned while he recuperates," Disney said in a statement.

A source told The Hollywood Reporter that the actor was injured when hit by the hydraulic door of the Millennium Falcon, the legendary spaceship that his character (Han Solo) piloted in the original film.

Director J.J. Abrams, the cast and crew are currently filming in England.

Lupita Nyong'o, winner of the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for "12 Years a Slave," is the latest addition to a cast also featuring Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson and Max von Sydow.

The screenplay was created by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, Abrams and Bryan Burk are producers of the film, which will have a sound track by John Williams.

"Star Wars: Episode VII" will premiere in movie theaters in December 2015, and will be set 30 years after events in "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi" (1983). EFE