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Harrison Ford suffered a broken foot during filming of the latest Star Wars film.REUTERS

Harrison Ford has been temporarily confined to a wheelchair following an on set accident while filming the latest Star Wars movie.

The 71-year-old is believed to have broken his foot after his leg was crushed by the door of the Millennium Falcon, which he pilots in the sci-fi epic.

He was airlifted from the Pinewood Studios set to Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital and later had surgery in London.

The action star, who is famed for performing his own stunts, was spotted for the first time since the accident, with his left foot in plaster and being pushed in a wheelchair,

Speaking before his accident, the Indiana Jones star described himself as a "battered old Ford," but said he prefers to do his own action stunts.

"I keep on coming back for more. If it doesn't look real on the screen then an audience does not believe what it sees. Although I do my own running, jumping and falling, I always try to keep myself from being hurt. So I know what will work and what won't."

It was earlier rumoured that Ford may take part in a fifth Indiana Jones film last year. The actor said that age was no obstacle in him taking on the action role once more.

"'I don't think there is any barrier to Indiana Jones being an old fart. I'm old enough that we don't need [Sean] Connery anymore – I'm old enough to play my own father."

The Hollywood star will be jetting back from London to the US for a period of rest and rehabilitation.

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Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford played Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa, and Han Solo, respectively, in "Star Wars: Episode IV -- A New Hope."Wikimedia

Meanwhile, producers at Disney have insisted filming will continue while he recovers.

It's nearly 40 years since Ford starred in the first Star Wars film in 1977.

Mark Hamill, 62, who played the original Luke Skywalker and Carrie Fisher, 57, who played Princess Leia, will also be reprising their roles for the eagerly anticipated film.

The action is set 35 years after they all appeared together in1983's Return of the Jedi.

Lord of the Rings star Andy Serkis and Oscar winning actress Lupita Nyong'o will also join the cast.

It will be the first Star Wars title released by Disney, after creator George Lucas sold the rights to the franchise in 2012.

The £200 million movie, which is being directed by JJ Abrams, is scheduled for release in December 2015.