Peter Mayhew is Returning as Chewbacca for 'Star Wars: Episode VII'
Just over the weekend we learned that casting was nearly complete for Star Wars: Episode VII as some preliminary shooting was happening overseas. However, we've yet to hear any concrete details on who will be the new heroes in the sci-fi sequel, and which of the saga characters will be returning. We already know R2-D2 will be back (and likely C-3PO), but now THR has word that Peter Mayhew will have a role in the film. If that name doesn't sound familiar, Star Wars fans like myself are happy to inform you that he's the man under the big walking carpet that is Chewbacca, loyal sidekick and co-pilot to Han Solo. More below!
Rumors started swirling that Mayhew would be back as Chewbacca when he canceled an appearance at Texas convention Comicpalooza "due to filming.” That convention takes place from May 23rd-26th, which would be after the sequel is supposed to begin production, so it was assumed that he would be busy with Episode VII and the trade seems to have confirmed as such. Otherwise, rumors have pegged a return for Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia, though they're probably not the primary characters. Otherwise, we've got Adam Driver playing a villain, and we're waiting to hear just who else will end up in a galaxy far, far away in 2015. Stay tuned.