While Star Wars fans have been scanning the galaxy in the attempt to garner any news about the casting of the new leads for Star Wars: Episode VII, it appears that a fan-favourite will be making a triumphant return.
Sources have told The Hollywood Reporter that everyone’s favourite “walking carpet”, the Wookiee Chewbacca, played by Peter Mayhew will be reprising his role in the latest film in the sci-fi franchise.
The native from Kashyyyk and best friend and co-pilot to Harrison Ford’s Han Solo, has appeared in four of the previous films (the original trilogy as well as Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith). He plays a large role in a number of the extended universe novelisations until he meets his untimely death trying to rescue Han and Leia’s youngest son, Anakin in R.A. Salvatore’s Vector Prime. What role he will play and how much he will feature in the latest film has not been disclosed.
Speculation of Mayhew’s involvement in the film was sparked after he recently pulled out of a scheduled appearance at the Comicpalooza convention to be held in Texas at the end of next month due to a “schedule conflict with filming”
Before we get too excited (though it is difficult not too because this is Chewie!!!), neither Disney or Lucasfilm has commented on the report. If the reports are true, Chewie will be the second familiar face popping up in the new film along with one of cinema’s cheekiest side-kick, the astromech droid, R2-D2.
This latest casting news comes hot on the heels of the revelation from Disney Studios chairman, Alan Horn, last week that contrary to previous reports which stated early May as the start of filming, the cameras have actually already started rolling on the new film.
The J.J. Abrams helmed Star Wars: Episode VII is due in cinemas December 18, 2015.
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