Star Wars: Episode VII is due to resume filming this month following a brief hiatus to allow Harrison Ford to recover from the leg injury that he suffered on set in June. Ford - who reprises his role as Han Solo - broke his left leg whilst shooting at Pinewood studios and later underwent surgery

Star WarsThe cast of 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

Ford showed up and appeared in good health at Monday's Expendables 3 premiere in Hollywood and sources confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter that production is set to resume on Star Wars. It is not clear whether Ford will fly back to London immediately.

Star Wars Episode VII features familiar faces including Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill as well as new cast members John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson and Max Von Sydow.

More: Star Wars: Episode VII plot leak

More: check out pictures of Harrison Ford at the Expendables 3 premiere

More: who will Christina Chong play in 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

JJ AbramsJJ Abrams on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII in Abu Dhabi

It is understood that the December 18, 2015 release date will be unaffected by the hiatus in filming. 

In other Star Wars news, the lucky winner of the Force for Change competition - which promised one fan the opportunity to star in a scene of Episode VII - has been announced as DC Barns from Denver, Colorado. Barns will fly over to the UK for a behind-the-scenes tour of Pinewood, a meeting with the cast and costume fitting, before starring in a scene.

The competition, which entered fans into a prize draw in exchange for donations of $10 or more, has raised more than $5 million for UNICEF worldwide. 

"This, this is my new favourite Star Wars moment!" said Barns.