Star Wars veteran Peter Mayhew in US hospital
Star Wars actor Peter Mayhew - Chewbacca in the hit films - has been taken to hospital suffering from pneumonia.
The British actor (70) who lives in the US, recently reprised his Wookiee role to film the next Star Wars instalment, Episode VII - The Force Awakens.
His wife Angie Mayhew confirmed that her husband was in hospital and said that he was expected to recover soon.
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.