Peter Mayhew to Reprise His Role as Chewbacca in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

     April 7, 2014


It was recently revealed that preliminary filming on Star Wars: Episode VII is already underway, with most of the cast already set.  Director J.J. Abrams is known for keeping an extremely tight lid on his projects, and indeed Disney has officially announced/confirmed nearly nothing about the project, even though principal photography is only weeks away.  The one confirmed cast member we do have is R2D2, and now it looks like another familiar face will officially be returning as well: Chewbacca.  Could that mean an official announcement of Chewie’s close pal Han Solo is not far behind?  Hit the jump for more.

star-wars-episode-7-chewbacca-harrison-fordPer Heat Vision, Peter Mayhew will be reprising his role as Chewbacca in Episode VII, though further details about the character return are unknown.  Though there has been no confirmation yet, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher are said to be reprising their roles as Han, Luke, and Leia as well, so Chewbacca would fit into the “old guard” set of characters that will be joined by three new young leads.

Again, confirmed information regarding Episode VII is basically non-existent at this point, but THR seems confident that Chewbacca will be returning and the casting makes sense—Episode VII takes place 30 years after Return of the Jedi and there has to be some way to bridge the gap between the initial trilogy and this new set of films.  The other solid piece of casting we have thus far is Adam Driver (Girls) onboard to play an undisclosed villain, which was also reported by THR.

With filming poised to begin in earnest next month, May 4th feels like the perfect opportunity to, once and for all, unveil the full official cast list.  Fingers crossed.  Star Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015.

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  • Oolie zool

    Here’s to hoping they drop a planet on him ASAP. Nothing personal, but SOMEBODY GOTTA GO.

  • kps

    I wonder how wookies age.

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  • Joseph M

    As Abrams is going for the nostalgia dollar, maybe bring in Chewbacca’s family from the Holiday Special. Not the one that masturbated to Diahann Carrol, though. He’s just bad news.

  • alk

    We all knew he was gonna come back, pending on whether Peter Mayhew was still alive. It was just a matter of time when they’d announce it…I’m sure in the next week, we’ll be hearing confirmation about Anthony Bates as C-3PO. I can’t see a star wars with Luke Skywalker without C-3PO…

    • alk

      Anthony Daniels…whoops

      • eternalozzie

        C3-3PO combined with Norman Bates … Mother said I should be fluent in over six million forms of communication

  • LEM

    Will they green screen his wheel chair?

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  • Simon

    No. Mayhew had surgery a while back. He’s doing a lot better these days.

  • topheryork

    They are making a documentary on his surgery to be able to walk again and looks like they got the ending they want.Here is the website for the Documentary