Harrison Ford has badly injured his ankle on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII with filming set to continue when he has fully recuperated.

Disney released a statement about the accident saying, "Harrison Ford 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 when he recuperates."

According to reports the 71-year-old star sustained his injury while filming on the Millennium Falcon.

Star Wars: Episode VII is set for release in December 2015.