Taj done, Prince William and Harry visit the Star Wars sets, hug Chewie

  • AP, London
  • Updated: Apr 20, 2016 17:56 IST
Actor Mark Hamill, director Rian Johnson, Britain's Prince Harry, Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, John Boyega, Chewbacca and Daisy Ridley pose during a tour of the Star Wars sets at Pinewood studios. (REUTERS)

Princes William and Harry battled with lightsabers and hugged a Wookie Tuesday during a visit to the set of the next Star Wars movie.

The royals were given a tour of the set at Pinewood Studios near London by British actress Daisy Ridley, who plays heroine Rey in the sci-fi reboot.

Britain's Prince William is hugged by Chewbacca during a tour of the Star Wars sets at Pinewood studios in Iver Heath, west of London, Britain. (REUTERS)

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The brothers met director Rian Johnson and cast members including London-born John Boyega, who plays Finn, and Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker. They also dueled with lightsabers, saw roly-poly robot BB-8 and met 7 foot 6 inch (2.3 metre) Chewbacca, who gave the princes a furry hug.

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Prince William is president of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and Kensington Palace said Tuesday’s visit was intended to salute the British creative talent involved in the Star Wars films, which have used UK-based studios, actors, craftspeople and technicians since the 1970s.

Britain's Prince Harry and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge try out light sabres during a tour of the Star Wars sets at Pinewood studios in Iver Heath, west of London on April 19, 2016. (AFP)

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The seventh instalment in the series, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, was released last year. Episode eight, whose title has not been released, is due for release in 2017.

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