Peter Mayhew : Chewbacca star has pneumonia

Peter Mayhew : Chewbacca star has pneumonia

Actor Peter Mayhew, best known for playing Chewbacca in Star Wars, is being treated in hospital for pneumonia.

His wife Angie Mayhew confirmed that her husband was in hospital and said that he was expected to recover soon.

“Thank you for all the well wishes, prayers, good vibes, and happy thoughts,” she wrote on the website Reddit.

“Peter is indeed in the hospital with pneumonia.

“He will make a full recovery, and hope to be discharged within a few days. Doctors are incredibly happy with his improvements.”

She told fans: “Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!”

Mayhew’s team later wrote on the actor’s Twitter page: “Peter is recovering well from his bout of pneumonia. He thanks you for the well wishes!!!”

Mayhew joins fellow original cast members including Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker and Harrison Ford as Han Solo in the new film, directed by JJ Abrams.

Anthony Daniels (C3PO) and Kenny Baker (R2D2) have also reprised their roles in the hotly-anticipated new film.