Peter Mayhew attends WonderCon Anaheim on March 30, 2013, in Anaheim, Calif.
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January 20, 2015 1:56 AM EST

Peter Mayhew, the actor who plays Chewbacca in the iconic Star Wars franchise, has been taken to the hospital after suffering a bout of pneumonia.

The news was confirmed by the administrator of Mayhew’s website on the actor’s Twitter account Monday, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

But fans of bounty hunter Han Solo’s furry sidekick need not fear, as the actor’s wife said on Reddit that he is expected to make a full recovery.

The 70-year-old, 7-ft. 3-in.-tall Mayhew, who had a double-knee replacement in 2013, will reprise his role as everyone’s favorite Wookie in Star Wars: The Force Awakens later this year.

May the force be with him.


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