Strike Back's Final Season Delayed Due to Star's Off-Set Injury

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Sullivan Stapleton | Photo Credits: Liam Daniel/HBO

Production on the final season of Cinemax's Strike Back has been delayed six months due to a serious injury suffered by star Sullivan Stapleton, Deadline.com reports.

Stapleton, 36, was injured away from the set while exploring Bangkok, Thailand - where the show is currently shooting. Production will continue in Thailand through March and film around Stapleton, who was already scheduled to take time off to promote his upcoming film, 300: Rise of an Empire.

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Shooting will then resume in the fall in Hungary. The lengthy production delay may also push back the premiere date for the final 10-episode season, which had been slated for 2014.

"After an off-set accident involving Sullivan Stapleton, there has been a change in the Strike Back production schedule," HBO/Cinemax said in a statement with producing partners Sky and Left Bank Pictures. "Following completion of shooting in Thailand, production in Hungary will be on hiatus to allow him time to recover. We plan on resuming production in the fall. HBO/Cinemax, Sky and Left Bank Pictures all join in wishing Sullivan a full and speedy recovery."

Added a rep for Sullivan: "Following the accident in Thailand, Sullivan is resting comfortably and on his way to a full recovery. We appreciate all of the well-wishes and support."

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