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Harrison Ford broke leg in 'Star Wars' set mishap, publicist says

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  • "His surgery was successful and he will begin rehab shortly," publicist says
  • Disney Studios earlier said the 71-year-old actor injured an ankle
  • Ford is reprising his Han Solo role for the next "Star Wars" installment
  • The movie is filming in Buckinghamshire, England

Harrison Ford suffered a broken leg, not an injured ankle as the studio previously said, on the "Star Wars" set last week, his publicist said Thursday.

"Harrison Ford's left leg was broken in an accident," spokeswoman Ina Treciokas said in a statement to CNN.

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She didn't say how long the actor would be out of work, but he is apparently on the road to recovery.

"His surgery was successful and he will begin rehab shortly," Treciokas said. "He's doing well and looks forward to returning to work."

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Ford, 71, was filming for "Star Wars: Episode VII" at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, England. He is reprising the Han Solo role that brought him fame in the first "Star Wars" in 1977.

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"He was taken to a local hospital and is receiving care," Disney Studios said in a statement last week. "Shooting will continue as planned while he recuperates."

A spokesman for the British Health And Safety Executive, which is responsible for workplace safety enforcement, told CNN Thursday that agency officials "are aware of an incident at Pinewood studios and are making initial enquiries."

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"Episode VII" is scheduled to be released on December 18, 2015.