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Foodles Production, the company behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is being prosecuted over the incident in which Harrison Ford broke his leg.

Harrison Ford was struck by a hydraulic metal door on the Pinewood set of the Millennium Falcon in June 2014.

The Health And Safety Executive (HSE) has brought four criminal charges against Foodles Production Ltd – a UK subsidiary of Disney.

Foodles Production said it was “disappointed” by the HSE’s decision.Star Wars Force Awakens producers prosecuted

Following the incident, Ford was airlifted to hospital for surgery.

Following an investigation, the HSE said it believed there was sufficient evidence about the incident which left Harrison Ford with serious injuries, to bring four charges relating to alleged health and safety breaches.

A spokesperson added: “By law, employers must take reasonable steps to protect workers – this is as true on a film set as a factory floor.”

Foodles Production is the company responsible for producing Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens, and as such is culpable under health and safety law.

Representatives of the production company will appear at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on May 12.

A spokesman for Foodles Production said: “Cast and crew safety is always a top priority. We provided full co-operation during HSE’s investigation into the on-set accident that occurred in June 2014 and are disappointed in HSE’s decision.”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens was filmed at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, the UK.

Production of Star Wars: Episode VIII has already got under way at Pinewood, and is due for release in December 2017.


Star Wars: The Force Awakens has become the fastest movie to take $1 billion at the global box office.

The seventh episode of the Star Wars franchise achieved the feat in 12 days, beating the previous record of 13 days set by Jurassic World in June.

However, while Jurassic World had the benefit of record takings in China over the period, The Force Awakens has yet to open there.

The force Awakens also scored the biggest US Christmas Day box office takings in history with $49.3 million.Force Awakens global box office record

J.J. Abrams’ movie took $153.5 million in the US in its second weekend, bringing its total domestic haul to $544.6 million.

The weekend’s other releases included the Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg comedy Daddy’s Home, which took $35 million.

Jennifer Lawrence’s Joy – which sees the actress reunite with Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell for the biopic about the creator of the Miracle Mop – took $17.5 million.

Point Break, a remake of the 1991 Kathryn Bigelow movie starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, flopped however with audiences.

The movie, which had a reported budget of $105 million, took just $10.2 million across 2.910 venues.

In limited release, Leonardo DiCaprio’s film The Revenant earned $471,000 from four locations, averaging $117,750 per screen.


Star Wars: The Force Awakens has set a new opening night box office record in the US and Canada, industry experts said.

The new Star Wars movie made $57 million on December 17, beating the previous record of $43.5 million held by Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 in 2011.

Analysts say the space saga could become the biggest selling movie of all time.

Rentrak’s Paul Dergarabedian, one of Hollywood’s best-known box office analysts, said the movie’s opening night performance in the US and Canada “portends a massive and potentially record-breaking opening day and weekend for the film”.Star Wars Force Awakens box office record

Analysts expect The Force Awakens to make about $200 million in the US and Canada over its opening weekend, a total that could challenge the record Jurassic World set earlier this year.

The latest installment in the dinosaur theme park franchise made almost $209 million in its first three days on North American release in June.

Analysts say The Force Awakens opened on December 17 so would have to perform staggeringly well over the weekend to top the latest James Bond movie.

Directed by JJ Abrams, Star Wars: The Force Awakens returns to “a galaxy far, far away” some 30 years on from the action of 1983’s Return of the Jedi.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens sees original trilogy stars Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher reprise their Han Solo and Princess Leia roles alongside younger franchise newcomers.


Highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens has had its world premiere in Los Angeles.

Stars attended from the original series, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, as well as newcomers including John Boyega and Daisy Ridley.

Security was tight, with a giant tent shrouding the red carpet.Star Wars Force Awakens world premiere

The plot of the new addition to the Star Wars franchise remains a closely-guarded secret and a media embargo on reviews is in place until December 16.

Some reviewers did comment briefly on Twitter, however.

Fans had been camping out for days outside the TCL Chinese Theatre, which along with other LA venues screened the seventh Star Wars installment.

The TCL Chinese Theatre – formerly known as Grauman’s Chinese Theatre – hosted the premiere for the first Star Wars movie in 1977.

More than 150 fans lined up to buy tickets for the first public screenings of Episode VII on December 17 but they got a surprise when they were all invited into one of the three cinemas showing the premiere.


The UK’s Royal Mail is issuing a new collection of 18 first-class stamps to celebrate the new 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie.

There 18 first class stamps will go on sale on October 20.

The character stamps have been illustrated by British artist Malcolm Tween.Star Wars stamps 2015 Royal Mail

As well as favorites from the first six films, there are three characters from the upcoming The Force Awakens.

Rey, Finn and Kylo Ren from The Force Awakens all get their own stamp.

As well as Star Wars characters, there are six stamps featuring spacecraft and vehicles from the movie series, including the Millennium Falcon.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released in the UK on December 17, a day earlier than previously announced.


A Star Wars spin-off will tell the story of a mission by a group of resistance fighters to steal plans to the infamous Death Star.

The plot of Rogue One was revealed to fans at the Star Wars Celebration convention in California on April 18.

Rogue One will be the first in a series of on-screen adventures exploring stories outside the core Star Wars saga.

The movie will be set before the first part of the original series, Episode IV: A New Hope.

It was released in 1977 and began with the Empire’s pursuit of a ship carrying Princess Leia and blueprints to the lethal space station.Star Wars Rogue One

A specially created trailer was also shown at the convention, featuring a TIE fighter soaring over a planet where the Death Star can be seen in the clouds.

Director Gareth Edwards said that because the Jedi Knights were all but wiped out in the preceding film Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, his story would be different from the other Star Wars movies.

Gareth Edwards said it would not focus on people who were able to use the mysterious “force”.

“It comes down to a group of individuals that don’t have magical powers that have to somehow bring hope to the galaxy,” he said.

Gareth Edwards, a lifelong Star Wars fan, also noted that in the previous movies, characters were clearly defined as good or bad. He said he wanted Rogue One to be more complex.

“The thing that interests me about it, is Star Wars was basically very black and white. Our movie is grey.”

Rogue One starts filming in the UK this summer and is due to be released in December 2016, a year after Star Wars: The Force Awakens.