Peter Mayhew Reportedly Returning to ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ as Chewbacca

By April 7, 2014

As of this writing, the only Star Wars character who is 100%, unquestionably going to appear in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII is R2-D2. We’ve heard a lot about who might show up in the movie from people with sources on the inside, and now we’re hearing another one of those reports from The Hollywood Reporter. The latest word is that actor Peter Mayhew is returning to the franchise to reprise his iconic role of Chewbacca.

As if there were any doubt left in the minds of fans, this news pretty much seals the deal in regards to the returning of the original trilogy trio of Han, Luke, and Leia. There’s no real reason to drop Chewy in without Han (although, technically, I guess they did do that in Episode III), but still – we’re pretty convinced that this means we’re going to be seeing Ford, Hamill, and Fisher back in action soon.

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And if the paparazzi have their way, we’ll likely be seeing them sooner than we thought since Disney chairman Alan Horn said that the movie has already begun filming, despite the final cast not being locked into place yet. And as much as Abrams would like to control the dissemination of information from his production, I’m guessing we’re going to start seeing set photos pop up online pretty soon. But here’s a radical idea: stand alongside me and don’t look at them when other sites publish them. Do you really want your first look at Luke, Han, and Leia in over thirty years to be from some long lens-carrying jackhole who snaps a pic of them walking out of their trailer? Or would you rather have it be in some elaborately organized reveal from Abrams and the people at Lucasfilm? I’m going with the latter, and I hope you choose that option as well.

In any case, it’ll be cool to see Mayhew, who tweeted some awesome behind the scenes photos from the original films and recently tussled with the TSA, back behind the mask as Chewbacca once again. Can you imagine how cool that would be to be J.J. Abrams directing these big screen legends back in costume walking around on brand new sets?

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