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Tom Cruise 'to make cameo in new Star Wars film'

Tom Cruise is reportedly in talks to appear in the next installment of the movie franchise. Credit: PA

Tom Cruise is reportedly being lined up for a cameo role in the new Star Wars: Episode VII film.

The A-list actor is said to have met with director JJ Abrams, who he worked with on Mission: Impossible 5, in London the past week, according to The Sun.

The plot of the the movie, which will star Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, has been kept a secret but it takes place 30 years after the end of Return Of The Jedi.

Ford, who broke his left leg 'during an incident with a door' while filming, is not expected to be back on set for several months.

Harrison Ford 'breaks ankle' during Star Wars filming

The Star Wars and Indiana Jones star was airlifted to hospital. Credit: Domine-Wyters/ABACA

Star Wars actor Harrison Ford has broken his ankle during filiming of the new Star Wars film, according to reports.

The BBC claims that the 71-year-old sustained the injury after a garage door fell on him while on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire.

Ford, who plays Hans Solo, was airlifted to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford for treatment yesterday.

A spokesman for Thames Valley police said: "We were called just after 5pm to reports of a 71-year-old man being injured in an incident believed to involve a garage door."

Disney, which now owns the Star Wars franchise, says filming will continue while Ford recuperates.

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Harrison Ford injured on set of new Star Wars film

Harrison Ford, posing last year at Hollywood Film Awards Gala, has been injured on Star Wars set. Credit: Reuters

Actor Harrison Ford has been taken to hospital in Oxford after hurting himself on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, a Disney spokesman said.

The Hollywood star, reprising his role as Han Solo in a Disney reboot of the Star Wars franchise being shot at London's Pinewood Studios, is said to have hurt his ankle.

The 71-year-old was injured by the door of the Millennium Falcon spaceship, according to a report in the Hollywood Reporter.

A spokeswoman for South Central Ambulance Service said: "We were called at 4.24pm to Pinewood to reports of a 71-year-old male who had sustained an injury to his ankle from a door that had fallen."

Oscar winner and Game of Thrones star get Star Wars roles

Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o and Game Of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie have been recruited to the cast of the new Star Wars film.

Lupita Nyong'o won an Oscar for her role in 12 Years a Slave Credit: Reuters

Mexican-Kenyan Nyong'o landed her role after praise for her performance in 12 Years A Slave and winning an Academy Award earlier this year.

British actress Christie has stars as Brienne of Tarth in Game Of Thrones and will soon be in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2.

Gwendoline Christie stars in Game of Thrones Credit: Reuters

Cameras begin rolling on set of new Star Wars film

Filming has begun on the new Star Wars movie, which is set to star many of the original stars alongside a set of newcomers.

Fans were informed that cameras had started rolling after a photo was posted by director JJ Abrams' production company Bad Robot on Twitter.

JJ Abrams' production company Bad Robot tweeted the picture of the film's clapperboard with the hashtag #dayone. Credit: Twitter/Bad Robot

Star Wars: Episode VII is being filmed in Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, continuing the movie series' tradition of working in the UK, despite being the first time Abrams has filmed outside the US.

Original cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill will work with newcomers Daisy Ridley and John Boyega in the movie set for release in December 2015.

'Star Wars' robotic arm approved for production

A robotic arm for amputees named after the "Star Wars" character Luke Skywalker, has been approved for production, which could revolutionize the industry worldwide.

The arm can perform multiple, simultaneous movements and has been allowed for sale by the US Food and Drug Administration after extensive testing.

The DEKA Arm System arm picks up a coin. Credit: REUTERS/DARPA/Handout

The arm has been allowed to be mass produced after reviewing data, including a US Department of Veterans Affairs study, in which 90 percent of people who used the device were able to perform complex tasks.

These included using keys and locks, feeding themselves, using zippers and brushing and combing hair.

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Star Wars cast announced for Episode VII

The cast of the upcoming Star Wars film has been released, with the original trio of stars among the list of names.

Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, who played Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker, will star in the film, along with Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), and Kenny Baker (R2D2).

They will be joined by newcomers Adam Driver, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow.

The first roundtable script reading with the cast was held at a top secret location today. Credit: starwars.com

Director J.J. Abrams said the team are "so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again".

Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by himself and Lawrence Kasdan.

Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer.

The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.

R2-D2 set for new Star Wars film

R2-D2, right, is the first confirmed character for the upcoming Star Wars film. Credit: DPA

R2-D2 is the first confirmed character returning to Star Wars when filming of the next movie begins at Pinewood Studios in May.

Announcing the start of filming, the official Star Wars website said yesterday that the film would "star a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces".

It has now emerged that the popular droid will feature in the new film, but there is no word as yet on whether the likes of C-3PO will also feature.

Bob Iger, the chief executive of Disney, which is behind the film, said yesterday that R2-D2 - whose mission to deliver secret blueprints to Obi Wan Kenobi kickstarted the first Star Wars adventure - was the "official cast member" he would announce.

The movie - so far known only as Star Wars: Episode VII - is being directed by JJ Abrams. It is set to be released in December of next year.

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