Peter Mayhew hospitalised with pneumonia

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 20 January 2015
Peter Mayhew

Peter Mayhew

Peter Mayhew, who plays Chewbacca in the 'Star Wars' films, has been hospitalised after falling ill with a bout of pneumonia

'Star Wars' actor Peter Mayhew has been hospitalised.

The 70-year-old star, who plays the Wookiee Chewbacca in the fantasy film franchise, was taken to hospital after falling ill with pneumonia.

Mayhew's wife Angie posted a message on the social networking site Reddit yesterday (19.01.15) to inform fans that while he will have to remain in hospital for a few days, he's expected to make a full recovery.

She wrote: "Thank you for all the well wishes, prayers, good vibes, and happy thoughts. Doctors are incredibly happy with his improvements."

Mayhew - who stands at an incredible seven feet and three inches tall - previously spent time in hospital after undergoing double knee replacement surgery in 2013.

A message was also posted from Mayhew's Twitter account, reading: "Hey all, @Webmaster_Rick here. Peter is recovering well from his bout of pneumonia. He thanks you for the well wishes!!! (sic)"

The London-born actor is set to reprise his role as Chewbacca in the highly anticipated 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', which was filmed in the Abu Dhabi desert and at England's Pinewood Studios.

The film is slated for release on December 18, 2015.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  • 5 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 2h 16min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: JJ Abrams
  • Written by: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt
  • Cast: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker
  • UK release: 17 December 2015

From the ashes of the Empire, the villainous First Order rises up to destroy Luke Skywalker (Hamill) – but where is he? Fans can rejoice: Episode VII is sensational and surprisingly emotional, with a finely-crafted script and effects that never overpower the performances. Star Wars is back in a big way.

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