After learning that most of the cast for Star Wars Episode VII has been put together, a name has now been attached to that likely expansive group of actors. The Hollywood Reporter as revealed that Peter Mayhew, the actor who portrayed Chewbacca. in the original three Star Wars films, will reprise the role for Star Wars Episode VII. Aside from R2-D2, Chewbacca is the first character to be announced, although it’s all but confirmed that Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford will reprise their iconic roles as well.
Rumors of Mayhew’s involvement began after he cancelled an appearance at Texas’ Comicpalooza convention. Since the convention takes place from May 23-25, the same time that Episode VII filming, it looks like those fans guessed right in assuming that Mayhew cancelled to join the movie.
Mayhew returning is fantastic news! Having Luke, Leia and Han return is nice, but to have Han’s Wookie partner come back as well has me more excited than ever. However, with this film taking place after Episode VII, a time period significantly covered in the Expanded Universe, I worry that movie Chewbacca will suffer the same fate as his literary counterpart…death. The book’s been out for 15 years, it’s okay to give spoilers, right?
With four of the main characters back, as well as R2-D2 and likely C-3PO, there’s only one more actor left to bring back from the original films: Billy Dee Willams. Disney, make it happen! I want Billy Dee Williams in Star Wars Episode VII!
SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter