LONDON — 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.
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 Chewbacca, who gave the princes a furry hug.
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 U.K.-based studios, actors, craftspeople and technicians since the 1970s.
The seventh installment 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.
LOS ANGELES — Universal Pictures has announced J.A. Bayona will direct the sequel to “Jurassic World.”
Bayona will be taking up the mantle from Colin Trevorrow, who relaunched the “Jurassic” franchise in 2015. “Jurassic World” earned over $1.7 billion worldwide.
Trevorrow will still co-write and executive produce the sequel, but is stepping aside from directing as he’ll be busy in a galaxy far, far away shooting “Star Wars: Episode IX.”
Stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will return for the sequel, set for a June 2018 release.
NEW YORK — John Legend and Chrissy Teigen have welcomed a baby girl named Luna Simone Stephens.
Legend’s real surname is Stephens. He and Teigen announced the birth of their first child on social media Sunday. Their daughter was born Thursday.
The 37-year-old R&B star and the 30-year-old model married in 2013.